Cycas revoluta (Sago Palm)‏

Please check whether you have this type of plant at home?

Leaves and male cone of Cycas revoluta The plant is called a Sago Palm and its highly poisonous to both pets and humans. A chemical in the plant called cycasin is toxic and often causes permanent liver damage as well as neurological damage if enough of the poison is absorbed by the body. The seeds are the most poisonous part of the plant and the effects on humans are seizures, coma and death. Of course you and I wouldn't just yank off a chunk of this plant and gnaw on it but the seeds are colorful so if you have kids and Sago palm in your yard educate them on the danger or get rid of the plant. Fortunately our dog was one of the lucky ones. I later discovered that our dog vomited the plant in the yard soon after swallowing it, and after 2 days in the vet on IV, and having a ball of charcoal inserted in his stomach, a test revealed that his liver was recovering and he came home. Sadly few people are aware of how dangerous this plant, many have lost their dogs, and even many veterinarians are unaware. This plant doesn't carry a warning label and is becoming popular in Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot so spread the word.

2 comments:

Xjion89 said...

hmmm, i hv 1 similar palm in my garden. but, it does not grow seeds ooo. It grows out baby palm from its side~~~~

leo7_lion said...

I don hv this plant but some1 send me this mail actually so... Better be safe than sorry~ XD

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