The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms

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Timber Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Nature - 376 pages
If people knew how many poisonous plants are commonly found in homes and gardens, they'd be shocked. Plants as common as monkshood, castorbean, and oleander are not just dangerous, they're deadly.

The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms is a comprehensive, easy-to-use handbook. The book is split into four main categories: mushrooms, wild plants, ornamental and crop plants, and houseplants. Each plant entry includes a clear photograph to aid the task of identification, a description of the plant, notes on where they commonly occur, and a description of their toxic properties. Plants are listed by common name to assist the non-specialist.
 

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Contents

In Case of Poisoning
8
How to Prevent Poisoning
9
Foreword
10
Preface
13
Acknowledgements
15
How to Use This Book
17
CHAPTER 1 Introduction
19
CHAPTER 2 Poisonous Mushrooms
63
APPENDIX 1 Fruits Vegetables and Beverage Plants
307
APPENDIX 2 Wild Edible Plants
312
APPENDIX 3 Skin and Eye Irritants
318
APPENDIX 4 Honey Poisons
324
APPENDIX 5 Milk Poisons
325
APPENDIX 6 Medicinal Herbs
327
Glossary
338
References
344

CHAPTER 3 Poisonous Plants of Wild Areas
113
CHAPTER 4 Poisonous Garden and Crop Plants
201
CHAPTER 5 Poisonous Houseplants and Subtropical Garden Plants
269

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About the author (2009)

Nancy J. Turner is an ethnobotanist and distinguished professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She is also a research associate with the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Patrick von Aderkas is a professor in the biology department of the University of Victoria. He has degrees in botany from the University of Guelph and Manchester. His career reflects a broad interest in experimental embryogenesis of ferns and gymnosperms, including hormone physiology, molecular biology, and proteomics (the large-scale study of proteins).

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