Metopium toxiferum

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Metopium toxiferum
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Apparently Secure (NatureServe)[2]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Metopium
M. toxiferum
Binomial name
Metopium toxiferum
(L.) Krug & Urb., 1896

Amyris toxiferum L.

Metopium toxiferum, the poisonwood, Florida poisontree, or hog gum, is a species of flowering tree in the cashew or sumac family, Anacardiaceae, that is native to the American Neotropics. It produces the irritant urushiol much like its close relatives poison sumac and poison oak. It is related to black poisonwood (Metopium brownei).

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This tree grows abundantly in the Florida Keys and can also be found in various ecosystems in southern Florida. Its range extends from Florida and The Bahamas south through the Caribbean.[3]


  1. ^ IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group; Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). (2020). "Metopium toxiferum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T181464467A181464469. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T181464467A181464469.en. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  2. ^ "NatureServe Explorer 2.0". Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Metopium toxiferum". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2009-12-27.

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