The robinia is beautiful to look at, but poisonous

The robinia is beautiful to look at, but poisonous

Who is the black locust poisonous for?

Locusts are poisonous to

  • Animals
  • and people

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On the one hand, wild, free-living animals that feed on the bark of the tree are at risk. However, you should take special care that horses or pets do not eat any parts of trees. In addition, never let your children play unsupervised near a pseudo acacia. Small children in particular tend to put objects in their mouths and of course are not yet aware of the toxic effects.

Which parts of the plant are poisonous?

non-toxic plant parts:

  • blossoms

poisonous plant parts:

  • Seeds
  • leaves

highly poisonous plant parts:

  • bark

Be careful when working on the black locust tree

Primarily, the consumption of leaves, flowers or bark of the robinia leads to poisoning. However, as a precautionary measure when working with wood, you should always wear breathing protection. When sawing the branches of the robinia there is a risk that dust particles will be inhaled.

Consequences of black locust poisoning

The effects of poisoning are noticeable after about four hours. A dose of five seeds is probably enough to cause the following symptoms:

  • Nausea-
  • stomach pain
  • Vomit
  • Racing heart
  • cramps

In the worst case, consuming poisonous black locust components can lead to death.