Plant ID forum: What is this flower? Cat is ill--might have ingested it

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Vanguard
Sep 19, 2016 8:48 PM CST
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Flower was brought home by room mate. Has six petals and leaves have parallel lines. The leaves have signs that my cat may have been eating them and I know that several species of flower are toxic to cats. Need to know what this flower is to tell my veterinarian. Please help!
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Horntoad
Sep 19, 2016 8:52 PM CST
Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria) ?
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Metrosideros
Sep 19, 2016 8:53 PM CST
It's a type of Alstroemeria, Peruvian Lily.

http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Alstroem...

Vanguard
Sep 19, 2016 8:54 PM CST
I was afraid it might be a lily of some sort--they're very toxic to cats.
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Horntoad
Sep 19, 2016 8:56 PM CST
It's not a true lily. This site list it as safe for cats.

http://www.teleflora.com/floral-facts/pet-friendly-plants-fl...
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Calif_Sue
Sep 20, 2016 12:22 AM CST

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Peruvian Lily is just one of the common names, like Jay said, it's not a true lily.
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truckerwife2018
Sep 23, 2016 12:19 PM CST
They look like lilies to me as well exact name I do not know but the cat will get ill. Daylily Details: Orange Vols
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sooby
Sep 23, 2016 12:27 PM CST
truckerwife2018 said:They look like lilies to me as well exact name I do not know but the cat will get ill. Daylily Details: Orange Vols


Not sure I understand - the plant in the picture is an Alstroemeria which is not a lily or are you adding that daylilies (also not true lilies) are toxic to cats? There's a lot of debate about the latter, many people feel it is a case of misidentifying daylilies as lilies because their own cats eat daylilies without getting ill.

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Calif_Sue
Sep 23, 2016 4:06 PM CST

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@truckerwife2018, I guess you missed the above comments correctly IDing the pictured plant, which is not even remotely close to a lily (lilium) or a daylily (hemerocallis). Cats can only get ill from lilies, lilium, as sooby mentioned above. Orange Vols is a daylily, not a Lily.
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greene
Sep 23, 2016 4:54 PM CST
Just a note here as a former floral designer and not as a cat expert -
We were warned that the Alstroemeria can cause skin irritation in some people. That being said, if a cat ingests some of the Alstroemeria the oxalates can cause irritation and distress for the cat; the cat may become ill and need to vomit to eliminate the plant material.
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sooby
Sep 23, 2016 5:31 PM CST
I found this about toxicity to cats from Alstroemeria on the ASPCA's FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/aspcaapcc/posts/804195046284958

Alstroemeria, according to the ASPCA, are in the Tulipa family. Who knew Whistling Botany is apparently not their strong point.
Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 23, 2016 5:35 PM CST
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4093970/
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sooby
Sep 23, 2016 5:43 PM CST
I saw that too, Greene. I guess they assumed that because it has the same toxin as in tulips that both plants were in the same family.

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