About the Author

Bruce Arnott

Field Guide Alumni

Bruce worked at Londolozi from 2017 to 2020. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after which he moved down to ...

View Bruce's profile

4 Comments

on Beautiful But Deadly

Join the conversationJoin the conversation

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Such an interesting post, Bruce. I didn’t know anything about this cactus before, so thanks for sharing your knowledge!

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

Also interesting, if I remember correctly, is that black rhino can happily eat this plant with no ill effects.

Hi Jeff. You’re you’re right. They also eat other toxic plants such as Tamboti’s too with no ill effects. Thanks so much, Amy

Judy Hayden
Explorer

Very interesting. I never considered that a succulent would be so poisonous. So the fruit is not dangerous just the nectar within the plant itself, correct? The animals are smart enough to figure this out. That is amazing. A treat with possible death if eaten incorrectly. Thank you for this new knowledge.

Connect with Londolozi

Follow Us

One moment...
Anonymous
Be the first to this photo
You and 1 others this photo
q

Filed under
Anonymous
10 April, 2798
+
Add Profile