Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

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  • Common Name: Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
  • Latin Name: Hippeastrum spp.
  • Family Name: Amaryllidaceae

Although commonly (albeit mistakenly) known as Amaryllis, this popular indoor flowering Hippeastrum is toxic and should be avoided near the tortoise enclosure.  It contains various alkaloids, including Lycorine, a toxic crystalline alkaloid with emetic properties that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea if consumed in quantity. 

N.B.  Do not confuse with Amaryllis of the genus Amaryllis, which is also toxic and unsuitable for tortoises.

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