Zantedeschia aethiopica (arum lily, Ethiopian arum, the white arum lily, lily of the Nile). A member of the plant family ARACEAE. Herbaceous plant with a tuberous root and arrowhead-shaped leaves. The impressive flower head is a large spathe (up to 25cm), with a snow-white central spadix, white at the base, then creamy-yellow towards the tip. Grown widely as a florists' flower, much used in bouquets.



[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Dogs, cats


[etiology.gif] Etiology
Chewing and/or ingestion of the flower head.



[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Contains calcium oxalate crystals, cyanogenetic heterosides (glycosides), saponins and alkaloids. The sap is irritant. Toxic doses are not known.


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Clinical features
Local effects

General effects
(Following ingestion):


[lesions.gif] Lesions



[treatm~1.gif] Treatment
No antidote. Symptomatic care only:


If indicated: