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Poisonous Plants: Arum Lily

04-Nov-2013 | Contributed by: Guest Author

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Arum Lily

Aram Lily (Zantedeschia spp.)

Arum (or calla) lilies are a common garden plant, but can be found in paddocks around New Zealand. 

They are beautiful plants, with large trumpet-shaped white flowers and a central yellow spike. Its leathery leaves are large and pointed at the tip. 

Their taste is bitter, and most stock will avoid it unless starving. However, all parts of the plant are toxic, and pigs that root around the roots of the plant may be in danger of poisoning.

If eaten, arum lilies cause a burning sensation due to oxalates which inflame the mouth. The tongue and throat will swell, which may result in difficulty breathing, and the animal may get stomach pain, diarrhoea and vomiting.

If any of these symptoms occur in your livestock, and you suspect arum lily poisoning, consult a vet.

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