Plants Reported to Cause Dermatitis
By Dr. Sharon M. Douglas
Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
P. O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504-1106
Telephone: (203) 974-8601 Fax: (203) 974-8502
Numerous plant parts and products have been implicated in contact dermatitis. Symptoms often vary and depend on several factors including the sensitivity of the individual, the extent of contact, and the condition of the plant or plant product. The most familiar cause of dermatitis in Connecticut is poison ivy, Toxicodendron radicans.
The following list covers many of the plants most frequently associated with dermatitis, but it is not all-inclusive.
This fact sheet is a compilation of plants that have been reported to cause contact dermatitis in humans. Plants are listed by both their common and Latin names.