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Firethorn (Pyracantha)

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  • Common Name: Firethorn (Pyracantha)
  • Latin Name: Pyracantha spp. (esp. Pyracantha coccinea)
  • Family Name: Rosaceae
This plant belongs to a genus in which most, if not all, members produce the poison hydrogen cyanide.  This poison is mostly concentrated in the leaves and the seeds and imparts a bitter taste, so it is possible that tortoises would avoid it anyway, but to be on the safe side do not plant this shrub near your tortoise enclosure.
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