Please help ID plants

norton_newbieNovember 30, 2010

Have a toddler around and want to make sure they aren't toxic. Your help is appreciated.

#1

#2

#3

#4

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kim_b_2010

I am NO expert, but I'm pretty sure #4 is a Pothos. Looks like a Golden Pothos. I have no idea on the others. They all look familiar, but I'm terrible with names. :)

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 8:21PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

#3 is Pachira aquatica, "Money Tree," "Malabar Chestnut" - not toxic.

Kim, I think you're correct on the Pothos. I can't recall if it's toxic.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 9:12PM
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karate626(7A Maryland)

I think number 2 could be an asparagus fern. Not sure of toxicity. Number 1 is some sort of Dracenea.

TJ

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 10:46PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You need to get rid of the pothos and the asparagus fern.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 10:59PM
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plantmasterm(z7)

excuse me but how can anyone tell someone else what they need to get rid of, could be thats the few plants that they're having any luck with..some opinions need to be left to yourselves

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 6:04AM
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kim_b_2010

According to the ASPCA, the Pothos is toxic to both cats and dogs (see link below). However, I have both. The dog couldn't care less, but my cat has taken a few nibbles and is still as fat and happy as ever. If you have an animal that is staying away from it for the most part, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Though, it does look like it could use a haircut and a re-pot. :)

Here is a link that might be useful: ASPCA

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 8:16AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Plantmasterm, did you bother reading the first line in this Thread?

"Have a toddler around and want to make sure they aren't toxic"

Thus the recommendation to get rid of the toxic plant.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 11:07AM
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kim_b_2010

Whoops! I guess I didn't read the top line, either! I have my bad cat on the brian!

I did some searching and I can't find anything that states that Pothos are toxic to humans. They are on some toxic plant lists, but the lists I found them on were not specific to humans and we know they are toxic to cats and dogs. I would just put it up out of reach.

A google search should tell you all you need to know once you have the names of the plants. :)

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 1:18PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Plantmasterm, not only is it the opening line, it's the ONLY line & is followed by a request for HELP.

That's why it was suggested those plants be moved on elsewhere.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 3:31PM
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norton_newbie

Thanks for all of the comments. #2 and #4 are in the trash. #3 looks like pachira aquatica, which is apparently safe. Still not sure about #1 though...

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 7:26PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

My brother used to bite leaves off of his Pachira after he'd had a few drinks....
in fact, that's how I grew my Pachira....from a leaf that he tore off in a fit of intoxication.

In warmer regions of the world, Pachira aquatica produces nuts that can be eaten fresh or roasted,
or made into a flour for cooking. It is often overlooked as a food-source, even in impoverished
South American countries, where people are starving.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 10:11PM
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quimoi

Here is a link with a list of safe plants for children (your child is not a dog or a cat!).

http://www.ahchildproofers.com/downloads/ahchildproofers_booklet.pdf

Asparagus fern is on it. These lists tend to err on the very, very safe side, BTW.

When I researched castor beans, which were supposed to be extremely poisonous, I found almost no cases of death or poisonings from them. (My mother grew them every year.) Maybe they're just unappealing. I wouldn't risk them, but they will leave off plants that might cause a rash, etc. It may not mean it's a deadly poison like monkshood.

Diana in PA

DD is a pediatric ER doc and I could see if she has a recommended reference. I know she has one for animals (she has cats).

    Bookmark   December 4, 2010 at 4:26PM
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quimoi

Here is a link with a list of safe plants for children (your child is not a dog or a cat!).

http://www.ahchildproofers.com/downloads/ahchildproofers_booklet.pdf

Asparagus fern is on it. These lists tend to err on the very, very safe side, BTW.

When I researched castor beans, which were supposed to be extremely poisonous, I found almost no cases of death or poisonings from them. (My mother grew them every year.) Maybe they're just unappealing. I wouldn't risk them, but they will leave off plants that might cause a rash, etc. It may not mean it's a deadly poison like monkshood.

Diana in PA

DD is a pediatric ER doc and I could see if she has a recommended reference. I know she has one for animals (she has cats).

    Bookmark   December 4, 2010 at 5:46PM
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