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Poinsettia is a shrub or small tree, typically reaching a height of 0.6–4 meters (2–13 ft). The plant bears dark green dentate leaves that measure 7–16 centimeters (2.8–6.3 in) in length. The colored bracts—which are most often flaming red. . Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia pulcherrima. Poinsettias are not poisonous. A study at Ohio State University showed that a 50-pound child would have to eat more than 500 leaves to have any harmful effect. Plus poinsettia leaves have an awful taste. You might want to keep your pets from snacking on poinsettia leaves. Eating the leaves can cause vomiting and diarrhea. The showy colored parts of poinsettias that most people think of as the flowers are actually colored bracts (modified leaves). Lobster flower and the flame-leaf flower, due to the red color.