Common Name
Fly Poison, Staggergrass
Botanic Name
Amianthium muscaetoxicum (chrosperma muscaetoxicum)
Plant Family
Open sandy soils of woods, fields and marshy areas.
Animals Affected
Cattle, Sheep
Toxic Principle
Alkaloids similar to those in Death Camas (Triglochin spp.)
Perennial lily, growing from 2-3 inch bulb. Leaves are produced at the base and are 1-1.5 inches wide and up to 2 feet in length. Flowers are produced on a 3-4 foot tall stem. Individual flowers are white, turning greenish with age. Fruits are 3-parted capsules with tips sharply reflexed.
Excessive salivation, vomiting
No specific treatment. Supportive therapy as indicated.
Cardiovascular system
Sudden death. Fast irregular breathing leading to respiratory failure.
Special Notes
The name fly poison is derived from the fact that the crushed bulbs were at one time used as bait to kill flies.
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