Robinia pseudoacacia (false acacia, white acacia, locust tree, black locust tree). A member of the plant family PAPILIONACEAE (LEGUMINACEAE). Very common tree, grown in parks and gardens, with pale green, feathery, compound leaves and bunches of white flowers. The fruits are large, straight, brown pods which hang down from the branches.

[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Horses, cattle, (sheep, goats).

[etiology.gif] Etiology
Branches and bark eaten during periods of drought or food shortage.

[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Contains a toxalbumin, robin, which is found principally in the inner bark and the branches. (Acts as an emetic and a purgative.)

Toxic doses not well established:
LD horses 150 g bark


[clinical.gif] Clinical features

Possibility of death within several hours.

[lesions.gif] Lesions
Non-specific: degeneration of the liver and kidneys.

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