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The North American Guide to Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms Hardcover – April 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Revised edition (April 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929294
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is the only handbook you’ll ever need—definitely a paperback to take along on camping trips.”
(Elizabeth Licata Buffalo Spree)

“This work substantially enlarges and updates the excellent award wining Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms of North America … The information is detailed and accurate.”

Book Description

This book contains all the information needed to identify toxic plants, including house plants. Each plant is fully described & pictured for easy identification, & instructions for treating the poisoning victim are given. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's a great addition to every forager's collection.
Aaron Z Witham
This is a beautiful book, both in the quality of the photos and the depth and readability of the information within.
Rachel
It even tells about common spices - ie. nutmeg is poisonous and hallucinogenic if you eat over 10 grams.
SuperConnected

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on November 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful book, both in the quality of the photos and the depth and readability of the information within. Perhaps its greatest strength is that it covers both native plant species and cultivated garden plants. This book is enough to convince any parent of the wisdom of edible plant gardening, and to shy away from the deadly, flashy ornamentals.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Connor on July 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Common Poisonous Plants by Dr. Nancy Turner is the top of the line field guide to deadly botanical beauties you could come across while exploring the great outdoors.
This book is top quality in information, details, poisoning symptoms, and content! It is well worth the expense, which is a good amount. The book itself contains, plants, mushrooms, and fungi that could be hazardous to humans and animals alike. The main highlight, by far, is the toxicity section on each of the poisonous plants. The symptoms of ingestion, (contamination) are well described and could easily compell the reader to shudder. The symptoms are specific to every single plant, so that an infected person's life could easily and efficiently be saved. There is also a very helpful insight on treatment of potential poisoning.
The book is so specific, it even tells you the degree of toxicity! Unfortunately, this book is very expensive and going out of print. So, any hardcore naturalist or interested botanist should purchase this online ASAP!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SuperConnected on June 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really like this book. I recommend it as a necessary companion to any edible plant book. I've put it side by side with my edible plant books and they aren't mentioning the dangerous things you should know. Ie. that the problem with wheat grasses is fungi that can make you very sick and is potentially deadly. I give this book lauds for pointing out the choking hazards - on barbed grasses and with other plants. It even tells about common spices - ie. nutmeg is poisonous and hallucinogenic if you eat over 10 grams. I'm glad this book really presses the point of several poisonous plants that are easily mistaken for edible ones. Let's not forget the real kid from the into the wild book most likely died from mistaking a poisonous plant with an edible one (very easy to do). If you're into edible plants, this is exactly the kind of book that you need to add to your collection.
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An excellent reference for Toxicology and Toxic Poisonings. I used this book as a resource for a course on home poisonings and was able to find most everything that I was looking for.
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By Aaron Z Witham on June 6, 2014
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I am a wild edible plant enthusiast with a lot of experience, and no book covers the poisonous plants as extensively as this one. It's a great addition to every forager's collection. You should know these plants as well as you know the edible ones. Not only does it keep me informed about various dangerous plants and toxins, it also served as a great resource one time when someone I knew ate something that was potentially deadly. They forced themselves to throw up so they were okay, but this book proved crucial in convincing people to act quickly.
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By Alyssa Edwards on December 25, 2013
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I purchased this as a gift for a survival pack for someone. The pictures illistrated are well done as well as in depth descriptions of what it looks like and what it does. Received very quickly. Would recommend to others.
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The most comprehensive guide to the dangerous flora and fungi one might come across while camping and hiking. The entries are informative and surprisingly entertaining. The book includes color photos to aid in identification, as well as descriptions of the toxins and their effects.
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