Palm Seed or Toxic Seed at Mission Lawn?

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Update by edhat staff

The City Parks Department confirmed there are no Sago Palms in this area and the only palm tree is the Chilean Wine Palm which produces fruit/seeds that are non-toxic. Additionally, Sago Palms rarely produce seeds and they are only on female plants.


By an edhat reader

My dog ate a seed in the lawn area near the Santa Barbara Mission and I'm unsure if it's toxic or not. It could be a regular palm tree seed or the toxic Sago palm seed, they both look similar.

Do edhat readers have any insight? Anything to cure this dog mom's anxiety would be super helpful. 

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mtndriver Nov 08, 2019 08:57 AM
Palm Seed or Toxic Seed at Mission Lawn?

Sago palm is not actually a palm, it’s a cycad—Cycas revoluta. All cycads are toxic to animals, including humans. The plant would have had to have a female cone that broke open and spilled seed, which is covered in an orange layer of flesh that is kind of fruity, attractive to animals. If that layer was gone, would a dog be interested? I doubt it. But more to the point, I don’t believe there are any cycads at the Mission. But palm seeds can cause obstruction in the gut of small dogs especially. That can be life threatening. Hope your dog is pooping okay and not in distress.

Emmenanthe Nov 08, 2019 08:13 AM
Palm Seed or Toxic Seed at Mission Lawn?

Please be pro-active and look up sago palm on the internet. They are not true palms and look VERY different. You may be able to allay your own anxiety quite easily all by yourself. (PS I don't recall any sago palms near the mission).

Yeti Nov 08, 2019 06:03 AM
Palm Seed or Toxic Seed at Mission Lawn?

I am not sure about the sago but the queen and the King Palm kernels are very edible .our dogs eat them all the time with no ill effects good luck with yours.

a-1574466708 Nov 08, 2019 07:04 AM
Palm Seed or Toxic Seed at Mission Lawn?

Great idea, depending on where the tree is! His name is Tim Downey, he's very nice and helpful. (805) 564-5592 TDowney@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

a-1574466708 Nov 07, 2019 11:52 PM
Palm Seed or Toxic Seed at Mission Lawn?

P.S. (Sago palm seed ingestion by a dog is another matter. Online info says not to wait to see any ill effects, but to see a Vet immediately. I sure hope your dog didn't eat a Sago palm seed.)

a-1574466708 Nov 07, 2019 11:43 PM
Palm Seed or Toxic Seed at Mission Lawn?

Never heard of palm coconuts being toxic to humans or dogs. We have a Queen palm that is busily pelting us (and the yard) with tiny palm "berries." She's been tossing these little oranges orbs down for over a decade now. It's that time of year. The outside layer is kind of sticky/goopy/stringy and tastes like butterscotch. Inside there is a tiny bit of "cokernut," also known as "pygmy cococut." Very much like regular coconut. Edible. Our dogs haven't had any reaction at all to chomping on these miniature coconuts, so it's okay for you to stop worrying.

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