Redfoot/Yellowfoot ultimate edible/safe plant guide

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DoctorCosmonaut

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Note: This list took a long time to make (and sucked to re-format for this post), and it is still a work in progress. Many of the plants listed are rare, and are indigenous to South America and have been observed eaten by Redfoots in the wild (or simply a safe flora in their natural environment). Also, not all plants listed are from the Redfoots homeland, but have been considered safe for tortoises, and would likely grow in an environment along side the plants I have listed from South America.


REDFOOT/YELLOW Ultimate Edible/Safe Plant List

by Jordan Struck

FRUITS
Scientific Name-------------------------------Common Name
Acacia aroma-------------------------------Aromita/Aromo Negro/Tusca
Anacardium gigantea
Anacardium occidentale-------------------------------Cashew
Annona spp.-------------------------------e.g., Pond-apple/Sugar-apple/Brazilian paw paw/Soursop
Bagassa guianensis-------------------------------Tatajuba/Cow wood
Brosimum potabile-------------------------------Sande/Cow tree
Clavija spp.
Desmoncus polyacanthus
Dracaena spp.-------------------------------Corn plant
Duguetia surinamensis
Duroia eriopila
Ecclinusa bacuri-------------------------------Abiurana-bacuri
Feijoa sellowiana-------------------------------Pineapple Guava
Ficus carica-------------------------------Fig
Genipa americana-------------------------------Huito/Jagua
Guettarda argentea
Lathyrus odoratus-------------------------------Sweet pea
Licania kunthiana
Mauritia flexuosa-------------------------------Buriti Plam/Ité Palm
Myriaspora egensis
Opuntia paraguayensis-------------------------------Prickly-pear cactus
Pachira aquatica-------------------------------Money tree/Malabar or Guiana chestnut
Passiflora coccinea-------------------------------Red Passion flower
Passiflora vespertilio-------------------------------Black Passion flower
Posoqueria spp.-------------------------------e.g., Jazmin de Embarcadero/Needle Flower Tree
Pouteria hirta-------------------------------Pouteria tree/Eggfruits
Pradosia spp.-------------------------------e.g., Chupon/Chupon torito/Toco/Abihy/Burahem/Paracuhuba doce
Richardella spp.
Spondias lueta
Spondias mombin-------------------------------Hog Plum/Yellow Mombin/Jobo
Spondias purpurea-------------------------------Jocote/Red Mombin/Purple Mombin
Trattinickia ravifolia

FLOWERS
Scientific Name-------------------------------Common Name
Abutilon hybridum-------------------------------Chinese Lantern
Cochlospermum orinocense-------------------------------Majagua/Poro-poro/Porotuira
Commelina diffusa-------------------------------Common Dayflower
Heliconia spp.-------------------------------Crab claw/lobster claw/Parrot's-flower/parrot's-plantain
Hemerocallis spp.-------------------------------Day lilies
Hibiscus spp.-------------------------------Hibiscus
Jacaranda copaia
Lonicera spp.-------------------------------Honeysuckle
Lysimachia nummularia-------------------------------Creeping Jenny/Moneywort
Mauritia flexuosa-------------------------------Moriche palm
Pelargenium spp.-------------------------------Geranium
Rosa spp.-------------------------------Roses
Taraxacum officinale-------------------------------Dandelion
Tropaeolum majus -------------------------------Nasturtium
Viola tricolor spp.-------------------------------Johnny jump-ups
Viola × wittrockiana-------------------------------Pansy

GRASSES/WEEDS
Scientific Name-------------------------------Common Name
Caryophyllaceae-------------------------------Chickweed
Cynodon dactylon------------------------------- Bermuda Grass
Lolium spp.-------------------------------Ryegrass
Phleum pratense-------------------------------Timothy-grass/Cat's-tail
Taraxacum officinale-------------------------------Dandelion

LEAVES
Scientific Name-------------------------------Common Name
Aloe spp.-------------------------------Aloe
Hibiscus spp.-------------------------------Hibiscus
Morus alba / M. nigra-------------------------------Mulberry
Opuntia paraguayensis-------------------------------Prickly pear cactus
Quiabentia pflanzii
Vitis vinifera / V. labrusca-------------------------------Grapes

SAFE PLANTS <-- NOT FOR FOOD
Scientific Name-------------------------------Common Name
Aphelandra squarrosa-------------------------------Zebra plant
Asphodeline lutea-------------------------------Yellow asphodel
Asplenium nidus-------------------------------Bird's nest fern
Bactris gasipaes-------------------------------Peach palm
Begonia spp.-------------------------------Begonia
Bixa orellana-------------------------------Achiote tree
Bromelia spp.-------------------------------Bromeliad
Brownea grandiceps-------------------------------Rose of Venezuela/Scarlet Flame Bean
Carludovica palmata-------------------------------Panama-hat plant
Cecropia spp.-------------------------------Cecropia tree
Ceiba pentandra-------------------------------Kapok tree
Chamaedorea elegans-------------------------------Parlor palm/Neanthe Bella Palm
Crescentia cujete-------------------------------Calabash tree
Croton eluteria-------------------------------Cascarilla
Epipremnum aureum-------------------------------Pothos/Silver Vine/Money Plant
Euterpe oleracea-------------------------------Assai palm
Ficus spp.-------------------------------Ficus
Hebe spp.-------------------------------Hebe
Hevea brasiliensis-------------------------------Rubber tree
Lytocaryum weddellianum-------------------------------Miniature coconut palm
Maranta leuconeura-------------------------------Prayer Plant
Mauritia flexuosa-------------------------------Buriti Plam/Ité Palm
Monstera deliciosa-------------------------------Split-leaf philodendron
Musa spp.-------------------------------Banana and Plantain plants
Ochroma pyramidale-------------------------------Balsa tree
Oenothera biennis------------------------------- Evening Primrose
Peperomia obtusifolia-------------------------------Peperomia
Philodendron spp.-------------------------------Philodendron
Phytelephas macrocarpa-------------------------------Ivory-nut palm
Ruellia L.-------------------------------Wild petunia
Samanea saman-------------------------------Rain tree
Sanchezia speciosa-------------------------------Sanchezia
Sansevieria trifasciata-------------------------------Snake Plant/Mother-in-law's Tounge
Theobroma cacao-------------------------------Cacao tree
Trachycarpus fortunei-------------------------------Windmill palm
Yucca spp.-------------------------------Yucca

End note: This is simply what I have managed to compile, i take no responsibility for any ill effects your tort might have from one of these plants... however, I would absolutely trust this list with my Redfoot.
 

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I feed mine Hibiscus and dandelions and grape leaves and a few other weeds in the back yard :( in the summer ----- think they'll be O.K.?

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Haha I think that that is all on there, isn't it? ;) They should survive ;)
 

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Wonderful Jordan. Thank you. I will print it out and keep it in my car for my Spring planting guide for Pio and my new boxie enclosure.
 

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Mods: If I ever want to update this list, is there a way you can permit me to do so (that way I don't need to open a new thread and redo all this in the future)?
 

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The mods can always re-access the posts. So if you ever want to add or remove something from your list, just send one of us a PM.
 

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What Jordan no pictures? lol :D Thanks for this information it's great to know I will bookmark it. :)
 

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So a few days ago I was really busy and didn't feed my torts on a day I usually do... well, Millie (my bigger girl) must have been really hungry because when I came home my Pachira aquatica (Money tree/Malabar or Guiana chestnut) had been knocked over and she had eaten all the leaves off of it! I was concerned because, although, the plant is native to their region and humans and torts can consume its fruit, I had read nothing about the toxicity of the plants leaves... But its been a few days now and Millie has been acting completely normal, and is eating, pooping, and drinking like always... She seemed to love the plant actually (since its the only plant she has ever eaten that I've put in there)... But don't try this at home, feeding the leaves as food that is! I guess this is how the tortoise keeper world figures out what is safe and not...

PS I've requested that this plant be added to my list under the fruit section since the plant produces "yummy" fruit (I though I had already listed it, but I guess not)
 
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