Poisonous Plants

Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities

Author: 
Amy Stewart
Publisher: 
Algonquin Books
Publication Date: 
2009
ISBN: 
978–1–56512–683–1

cloth, 223 pp., $18.95

This is a fascinating book, frightening yet funny. Many of these plants are widely known as potentially poisonous, but others come as a surprise. Corn, potatoes, beans, and cashews could all cause unpleasant reactions under certain circumstances. Stewart has written essays, commentaries, and four books on the “perils and pleasures of the natural world.”

Volume: 
12
Number: 
1

Australia’s Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria

Author: 
Ross McKenzie
Publisher: 
CSIRO Publishing
Publication Date: 
2012
ISBN: 
978–0–643–09267–9

decorated boards, 950 pp., $205.00.

This weighty (950 pages or 6.6 pounds or 3 kilograms, pun intended) book is a comprehensive, full-color guide to the major natural threats to health in Australia, affecting domestic and native animals as well as humans. The ultimate purpose of this book is to prevent poisoning, as there few effective treatments available, particularly in domestic animals.

Volume: 
14
Number: 
6
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