Red Bird-of-Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)

(Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana,
Pride of Barbados, and flamboyan-de-jardin


Red-Bird-of-ParadiseRed Bird-of-Paradise

Red Bird-of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) is a species of flowering plant from the pea family, Fabaceae. It grows as a small shrub approximately 3 m high, with leaves that are roughly 20 -40 cm in length and bipinnated. The Flowers are typically orange, red, or yellow with five petals  and grow in racemes up to 20 cm long. The fruit is a pod that grows from 10 to 20 cm in length.

Native to the tropics and subtropics of the Americas. It’s exact origin is unknown due to the widespread cultivation, but it could be a West Indies native species.

Conditions of Poisoning:
Ingestion, Skin

Toxic Principle:
The seeds are toxic they contain Tannin’s

Clinical Symptoms:
Ingestion: Reactions to ingestion of this plant could include nausea and vomiting of a profuse and persistent nature, diarrhea often occurs later.

Skin:  allergic reactions characterized by dermatitis.


 Lone Star English Setter Club provides this information
as a partial reference of the potential poisons that could harm your dog.
We are not veterinarian’s and DO NOT provide medical help.

If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance,
contact your local veterinarian or
the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poisoning hotline directly