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
Animals most affected
Horses, cattle, (sheep, goats).
Branches and bark eaten during periods of drought or food shortage.
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:
diarrhoea, painful colic (occasionally constipation);
hyperexcitability, followed by paralysis and coma.
Possibility of death within several hours.
Non-specific: degeneration of the liver and kidneys.
No antidote. Symptomatic care only:
adsorbents, gastric demulcents;
sedatives or tranquillizers if indicated.