cyanogenic glycosides
Flower Color:
  • flower color
food, fields, ornamental, gardens, pastures

Time of Greatest Risk


Geographical Distribution

Apricot distribution - United States

Related Species


Prunus armeniaca

Armenian Plum, Abricotier, Apricotier, Ansu Apricot, Siberian Apricot, Tibetan Apricot
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Apricots are a type of fruit produced from the Prunus armeniaca tree, which is of the Rosaceae (Rose Family). Although the fleshy part of the fruit is edible, the stony shelled seed--or pit enclosed within, is NOT. These seeds contain traces of HCN (hydrogen cyanide) glycosides, which is toxic to all animals and humans.
Apricot toxic components horses
Although the seeds are the main concern, there are also certain periods where parts of the apricot tree can contain HCN glycosides as well. Young, rapidly growing leaves tend to contain increased levels of HCN glycosides.


  • Rapid Breathing
  • Bright Red Mucous Membranes
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Death
  • Hindlimb Incoordination
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Weight Loss
  • Low Blood Pressure


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