Aucuba japonica. A member of the pIant family
CORNACEAE. Dioecious, evergreen shrub with glossy green or variegated leaves. Small
white flowers with red, oval berries containing a seed of hardened albumen. Ornamental
garden plant and hedging plant.
Animals most affected
Chewing and/or ingestion of the leaves or berries (dogs). Ingestion
either directly from the plant or of discarded hedge clippings (cattle).
Contains a heteroside, aucubine, and other compounds including terpenes
and flavonoides. The entire plant is toxic (especially the fresh fruit), but of low
potency. Toxic doses not known.
In the dog
vomiting and diarrhoea;
favourable outcome within 24 hours.
atonic digestion, rummination ceases;
recovery within a few hours
Of little significance.
No antidote. Symptomatic care only, often not necessary:
- adsorbents, gastric demulcents.