Common Names:  Alocasia, Elephant's Ear
Latin Name: Alocasia spp.
Description: Common name for about 8 species of large herbs from tropical Asia and Polynesia.  Plant is named for its leaves which can reach up to 1m (40 inches) in length in some of the species.  Several species are grown as house and garden plants. Like other members of the arum family, elephant's ear plants contain calcium oxalate, which produces a burning sensation and sometimes swelling in the mouth and throat if the leaves are eaten.
Poisonous Parts:  Leaves, stems.  Plant raphides irritate mouth.
Symptoms:  Oral, pharyngeal and esophogal irritant.  Salivation and edema (swelling). Vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps, swelling around the mouth, difficulty breathing.  May cause tremors, heart and respiratory and/or kidney problems which are difficult for an owner to detect.
Treatment: Unless your cat is unconscious or having convulsions, induce vomiting.  Get immediate veterinary assistance.