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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, 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.
Nancy J. Turner is an ethnobotanist and distinguished professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and a research associate with the Royal British Columbia Museum. She has authored, co-authored, or edited many publications in the areas of ethnobotany, traditional ecological knowledge, and sustainable resource use in Canada and British Columbia, including more than 20 books and 40 book chapters. Patrick von Aderkas is a professor in the Biology Department at the University of Victoria, with degrees in botany from the University of Guelph and the University of 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). His academic contributions include two books and 70 papers; his teaching centers around plant development and the social history of plants.
Contains both quick and easy identification entries as well as in-depth scientific coverage and clear photographs. ... An invaluable resource for families, health care professionals, and outdoor adventurers. Houston Lifestyles and Homes 20090701 The only handbook you'll ever need - definitely a paperback to take along on camping trips. -- Elizabeth Licata Buffalo Spree Magazine 20091201