What are New Zealand's top poisonous plants?Some of the most toxic, and most common poisonous plants in New Zealand
From 1998 to 2002, plant poisoning enquiries made up 9.6% of total calls.
Plant calls were the third most frequent exposure enquiry (following therapeutic and household agent exposures)
62% of plant calls were due to child exposures.
Top poisonous plants were determined based on:
Plants that are consistently involved in unintentional poisonings
Plants result in the manifestation of symptoms
The following were assessed and quantified:
- Toxicity of plant
- Number of calls received
- Age of patient
- Symptoms presenting
Top 10 Plants
- Arum Lily
- Black Nightshade
- Ongaonga (New Zealand Tree Nettle)