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Daphne

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  • Common Name: Daphne
  • Latin Name: Daphne spp.
  • Family Name: Thymelaeaceae

All parts of the Daphne (but especially the leaves and the berries) are TOXIC, containing daphnetoxin and mezerein which cause abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, and internal bleeding.  Ingestion of this plant has proved fatal to dogs, horses and pigs, and it should not be fed to tortoises or planted anywhere near the tortoise enclosure. 

Although most Daphnes produce flowers in various shades of pink, there are varieties with white and greenish-yellow flowers.

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