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The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms

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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, or
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ebook, 376 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Timber Press (OR) (first published April 1st 1995)
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Thuy Pham
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! I don’t have any extended experience with plants and vegetables beside breathing the precious oxygen that they produce so this book is perfect. I recognized some of the plants in there, some I have no idea is poisonous. Such a great educational book.
Hayley
"This is a toxic alkaloid. And so is this. And so is this." Super fascinating subject, but there has to be some kind of better way of talking about poisonous plants than just listing all of them in alphabetic order. I would have enjoyed more general discussion about the evolutionary role of toxins and the phylogenetic relationships between different poisonous species (it was touched on somewhat, and those parts I liked the best -- I just wish there had been more of them). The mushroom section wa ...more
Katie
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Everything in nature wants to kill you the book.

Actually it was pretty interesting though not one for a full read through unless you're fascinated by plants. Something to take with you if the apocalypse hits and you need to try and find edible plants because there seem to be few of them/how are we not all dead.
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Nancy Turner is an ethnobotanist whose research integrates the fields of botany and ecology with anthropology, geography and linguistics, among others. She is interested in the traditional knowledge systems and traditional land and resource management systems of Indigenous Peoples, particularly in western Canada.

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