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Rhododendron

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  • Common Name: Rhododendron
  • Latin Name: Rhododendron spp.
  • Family Name: Ericaceae
Almost all Rhododendrons produce harmful grayanotoxins which block normal muscle function, and can cause heart failure and damage nerve function. The TOXIN is present in all parts of the plant, including leaves, flowers and pollen.

Rhododendrons and their close relatives, Azaleas, should therefore not be fed to tortoises, and care should be taken that they are not grown anywhere near the tortoise enclosure in case leaves or flowers accidently fall into the enclosure.

Rhododendrons have larger leaves than Azaleas and usually have 10 stamens rather than 5 in the smaller leaved Azalea shrub.  

See Azalea
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