Common name: Peace lily
Botanical name: Spathiphyllum species; most commonly Spathiphyllum wallisii
Other common names: Madonna lily
General description: An evergreen perennial herb, often grown as an ornamental, also very popular as a container plant.
Flowers: The flowers are fleshy white to cream sheath or bract, called a spathe, surrounding a spike of fragrant, closely packed minute flowers.
Leaves: The leaves are bright green, lance shaped, shiny, up to 30cm long and clustered at the base of the plant.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are white berries.
Other: The sap is clear.
Symptoms: This plant, if eaten, can produce a tingling or burning sensation, followed by swelling of the lips, mouth and tongue. Contact dermatitis may also occur in sensitive individuals.
Toxicity category: 2, 3
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention if lips or tongue become swollen or if there is difficulty breathing or swallowing.