Is Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia Tirucalli) Toxic?

Written by Ivy

Nov 23 2021

Is Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia Tirucalli) Toxic?
Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia Tirucalli) is a toxic plant species. The toxicity of pencil cactus is not fatal, but it will cause irritation when splashed on the skin. If eaten by mistake, it will also cause physical discomfort. Although the juice of pencil cactus is toxic, it has made a certain contribution to economic and medicinal benefits after treatment and processing.

1. About Pencil Cactus Toxic

Is Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia Tirucalli) Toxic?
Pencil Cactus is a Euphorbiaceae plant. Many farmers do not know that pencil cactus is toxic. Now let's tell you that pencil cactus is a toxic plant. Therefore, in the process of Propagation, we should pay great attention to avoid being accidentally injured by the venom of pencil cactus.
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2. The juice of Pencil Cactus is toxic

Pencil cactus is not toxic to the whole plant. The Pencil Cactus toxicity only exists in the juice of its stems and leaves. In other words, as long as the outer epidermis of pencil cactus is not damaged, resulting in the outflow of internal juice, there is no risk of poisoning. Especially in the process of pruning, we should be more careful.

3. Pencil Cactus Toxic reaction

Is Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia Tirucalli) Toxic?
The toxic intensity of pencil cactus venom is not very large, but if it splashes on human skin, it will feel rash, itching, tingling, burning and so on. Accidentally entering the juice may cause tongue paralysis, stomach discomfort, dizziness and vomiting. If the symptom of pencil cactus is serious, go to the nearest hospital as soon as possible for emergency treatment by medical staff.

4. Efficacy effect Efficacy effect

Although the juice of pencil cactus is toxic, its juice is rich in hydrocarbons, and its composition is similar to that of oil, so it can be used instead of oil economically. The processed pencil cactus juice can be used as emetic and cathartic, and even contribute to anti-cancer.