Taxon: Metopium toxiferum (L.) Krug & Urb.

Genus: Metopium
Family: Anacardiaceae
  Subfamily: Anacardioideae
Nomen number: 312838
Place of publication: Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 21:612. 1896
Name Verified on: 14-Oct-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 26-Feb-1999
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Florida poisontree  (Source: Trees US) - English
  • poisonwood  (Source: Trees US) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Kingsbury; Lampe & McCann)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda - Antigua; Bahamas; Cuba; Dominica; Hispaniola; Puerto Rico


  • Correll, D. S. & H. B. Correll Flora of the Bahama archipelago. 1982 (F Bahamas)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. 1974-1989 (F LAnt)
  • Kingsbury, J. M. Poisonous plants of the United States and Canada. 1964 (Kingsbury)
  • Lampe, K. F. & M. A. McCann AMA handbook of poisonous and injurious plants. 1985 (Lampe & McCann)
  • Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis. 1982 (F PR)
  • Little, E. L., Jr. Checklist of United States trees, Agric. Handb. 541. 1979 (Trees US)


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