Codiaeum variegatum (St Joseph's coat, codiaeum). A member of the plant
family EUPHORBIACEAE. Popular indoor houseplant with thick, large-veined trilobed
leaves which are dappled with a wide range of colours (yellow and pale green, through
orange and red to almost black).
Animals most affected
Ingestion of the milky sap released by chewing
the leaves. Direct contact of the skin and mucous membranes with the sap.
Irritant sap containing euphorbones, flavonoids.
Toxic doses not known.
Arising from irritation of the skin and mucous membranes:
blisters and erosions of the buccal mucosae;
favourable outcome within several days of exposure.
diarrhoea, occasionally haemorrhagic; colic;
muscular contractions, muscular tremor;
prognosis frequently very poor.
No specific antidote. Symptomatic care only.