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.
Animals most affected
Chewing and/or ingestion of the flower head.
Contains calcium oxalate crystals, cyanogenetic heterosides (glycosides), saponins
and alkaloids. The sap is irritant. Toxic doses are not known.
irritation of the skin, lips and buccal mucosae;
oedema of the face, tongue and oropharynx.
coma and death.
inflamation of the mucous membranes
No antidote. Symptomatic care only:
copious washing of the mucosae with cool water;
adsorbents, gastric demulcents;