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Metopium toxiferum (Florida poisontree)
Cressler, Alan

Metopium toxiferum

Metopium toxiferum (L.) Krug & Urb.

Florida Poisontree, Poisonwood

Anacardiaceae (Sumac Family)

Synonym(s): Amyris toxifera

USDA Symbol: METO3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N)

Can cause contact dermatitis similar to its relatives, Toxicodendron spp.: Poison Ivies, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 40 feet tall, sometimes taller in South Florida.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Whitish to greenish yellow.




Use Wildlife: It's fruits are eaten by White-crowned Pigeons (Patagioenas leucocephala).
Warning: Exposure to this plant may cause contact dermatitis.
Attracts: Birds
Poisonous: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 81 - Natives For Your Neighborhood (2020) The Institute for Regional Conservation
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Metopium toxiferum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Metopium toxiferum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Metopium toxiferum


Record Modified: 2022-11-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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