Poisonous Plants Bibliography


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National Capital Poison Center


The lists available here are maintained by the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, D.C. It is one of 51 regional centers nationwide. The access at the site includes lists of toxic and non-toxic plants with links to more information.

Index of Poisonous Plants


Click on the names in the index to find out more information about these poisonous plants.

Bay Area Hiker: Poisonous Plants


Bay Area Hiker has put together this handy resource of photographs of poisonous plants that you might encounter on some hikes in the bay area.

Poisonous Plants Home Page


From the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, this site provides lists of plants by both common and scientific name. Each name is a link to more information, sometimes including photographs.

Cornellís Poisonous Plants Home Page


A thorough reference compiled by Cornell University, this site includes plant images and information concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.).

Guide to Poisonous Plants


Use a search term or browse the common names, this site provides access to pictures and information about poisonous plants and their effects on animals.

Indiana Toxic Plants


You can search this database in a variety of ways to find plants that are known to be toxic to livestock and pets. Good pictures and illustrations are strong features at this site.

Common Poisonous Plants


The plants listed at this site "have been reported and documented to be capable of producing serious or life-threatening poisoning in humans. Not all of these plants are indiginous to the United States but may be found here as cultivated plants."

Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms of North Carolina


What if just the leaves are poisonous? At this site you can search by plant part, common name, or scientific name.

Poisonous Plants and Animals


A colorful and thorough database of poisonous plants and animals is available at this site. The details are very descriptive.

Poisonous House Plants


Common name, scientific name, poisonous part or parts, and notes are provided in this poisonous house plant guide.

Food and Drug Administration Poisonous Plants Database


This site provides access to a list of vascular plants that are associated with toxic effects.

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Adams, Charles Dennis. Poisonous Plants in Jamaica, a Brief Review of Jamaican Plants Which Contain Known Poisons. Mona, Jamaica: Dept. of Extra-Mural Studies, University of the West Indies, 1963. Bot QK100 .J27 A33.

Allergy Foundation of Northern California. An Allergenic Pollen Survey of the San Francisco Bay Area, Accompanied by a Botanical Survey by Howard McMinn. 196-. Bot QK100 .U6 A44.

Alpin, T. E. H. Poisonous Garden Plants and other Plants Harmful to Man in Australia. Perth: Western Australia Dept. of Agriculture, 1976. Bot QK100 .A8 A655.

Arnold, Harry Loren. Poisonous Plants of Hawaii. Rutland, VT: C. E. Tuttle Co., 1968. Bot SB617.45 .H3 A75 1968.

Bailey, Frederick Manson. Plants Reputed Poisonous and Injurious to Stock. Brisbane: J.C. Beal, 1887. Bot QK100 .A8 B35.

Blohm, Henrik. Poisonous Plants of Venezuela. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1962. Bot QK100 .V3 B56.

Dahlgren, Bror Eric. Edible and Poisonous Plants of the Caribbean Region. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1944. Bot QK98.5 .C3 D34 1944.

de Padua, L.S. Plant Resources of South-East Asia. No. 12, Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 1. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys, 1999. Bot SB108 .A785 P52 v.12:1.

Ewart, Alfred J. The Weeds, Poison Plants, and Naturalized Aliens of Victoria. Melbourne, Canada: Kemp, 1909. Bot SB613 .A8 V53.

Everist, Selwyn Lawrence. Poisonous Plants of Australia. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1974. Bot QK100 .A8 E93.

Ferron, Maurice. Noms des Mauvaises Herbes du Québec. Québec: Ministère de l'Agriculture et de la Colonisation du Québec, 1964. Bot SB613 .Q4 F45.

Forsyth, A. A. British Poisonous Plants. London: H.M.S.O., 1968. Bot QK100 .G7 F67 1968.

Foster, Steven. A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants, North America North of Mexico. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. MAIN QL100 .F63 1994.

Francis, D. F. Plants Harmful to Man in Australia. Adelaide: Botanic Garden, 1967. Bot QK100 .A8 F73.

Frohne, Dietrich, A Colour Atlas of Poisonous Plants: A Handbook for Pharmacists, Doctors, Toxicologists, and Biologists. London: Wolfe, 1984. Main QK100 .A1 F7613 1984.

Fuller, Thomas C., McClintock, Elizabeth. Poisonous Plants of California Series: California Natural History Guides; 53. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986. Bot QK 100 .U6 F85 1986.

Gardner, Charles A. The Toxic Plants of Western Australia. Perth: West Australian Newspapers, Periodicals Division, 1956. Bot SB617.5 .A8 G37.

Gibbons, Whit. Poisonous Plants and Venomous Animals of Alabama and Adjoining States. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, c1990. REF QL100 .G53 1990.

Hardin, James W. Human Poisoning from Native and Cultivated Plants. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1969. Bot QK100 .N6 H37.

Heller, Christine A. Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska. College: Alaska, 1953. Bot QK98.5 .U6 H44.

Heller, Christine A. Wild Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska. College: Alaska, 1962. Bot QK98.5 .U6 H44 1962.

Kingsbury, John Merriam. Deadly Harvest: A Guide to Common Poisonous Plants. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston,1965. Bot QK100 .A1 K55.

Kingsbury, John Merriam. Poisonous Plants of the United States and Canada. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1964. Main REF SB617 .K55.

Lampe, Kenneth F. AMA Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; Chicago Review Press, c1985. Bot REF RA1250 .L27 1985.

Lampe, Kenneth F. and Rune Fagerström. Plant Toxicity and Dermatitis; A Manual for Physicians. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1968. Bot RA1250 .L3.

Lampe, Kenneth F. AMA Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association, 1985. Bot REF RA1250 .L27 1985.

Leopold, Walter Conrad. Poisonous Plants of the United States. New York: Macmillan, 1951, Rev. Ed. Bot QK 100 .U6 M84 1951.

Massey, Arthur Ballard. Poisonous Plants: Native and Naturalized Plants of Virginia with Special Reference to Livestock Poisoning. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1943. Bot SB617.45 .V8 M37.

Merrill, Elmer Drew. Emergency Food Plants and Poisonous Plants of the Islands of the Pacific. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1943. Bot QK98.5 .P3 M47 1943.

Monteiro Caminhoá, Joaquim. Catalogue des Plantes Toxiques du Brésil. Paris: G. Masson, éditeur, 1880. Bot QK100 .B7 M65167.

Morton, Julia Frances. Plants Poisonous to People in Florida and other Warm Areas. Miami, FL: Hurricane House, 1971. Bot QK100 .U6 M67.

Mulligan, Gerald A. Poisonous Plants of Canada. Ottawa: Agriculture Canada, 1990. Bot QK100 .C2 M84 1990.

Murphey, Edith Van Allen. Stock Poisoning Plants, a Stockman's Pocket Book. Corvallis, OR: Unnamed, 1947. Bot SB617.4 .M87.

North, Pamela Mildred. Poisonous Plants and Fungi in Colour. London: Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 1967. Bot QK100 .G7 N6.

Oakes, Albert Jackson. Some Harmful Plants of Southeast Asia. Washington, D.C.: Naval Medical School, 1967. Bot SB617.5 .A76 O34.

Oakes, Albert Jackson. Poisonous and Injurious Plants of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Washington, D.C.: Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1962. Bot QK100 .U6 O336.

Pammel, Louis Hermann. A Manual of Poisonous Plants, Chiefly of Eastern North America, with Brief Notes on Economic and Medicinal Plants, and Numerous Illus. Des Moines: The Torch Press, 1910-11. Bot QK100 .U6 P34 1911.

Roig y Mesa, Juan Tomàs. Plantas Medicinales, Aromàticas o Venenosas de Cuba; Volumes 1 & 2. Habana, Cuba: Guerrero Casamayor y cìa, 1945. Bot QK99 .C9 R65.

Schultes, Richard Evans. The Healing Forest: Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazonia. Portland, OR: Dioscorides Press, 1990. Main & Bot QK99 .A47 S38 1990.

Smitinand, Tem. Edible and Poisonous Plants and Animals: Annex to Survival Manual for Thailand and Adjacent Areas. Bangkok, Thailand: Joint Thai-U.S. Military Research and Development Center, 1966. Main QH193 .T4 S64 1966.

Tehon, Leo Roy. Illinois Plants Poisonous to Livestock. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics, 1946. Bot SB617 .T45 1946.

Thomson, Robert Boyd. A Guide to the Poisonous Plants and Weed Seeds of Canada and the Northern United States. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1922. Bot QK100 .N6 T56.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. 22 Plants Poisonous to Livestock in the Western States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1968. Bot QK100 .U6 U55 1968.

Verdcourt, Bernard. Common Poisonous Plants of East Africa. London: Collins, 1969. Bot QK100 .A41 V4.

Watt, John Mitchell. The Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Southern and Eastern Africa. Edinburgh, Scotland: E. & S. Livingstone, 1962. Bot QK99 .A44 W38.

Wodehouse, Roger P. Hayfever Plants: Their Appearance, Distribution, Time of Flowering, and their Role in Hayfever. New York: Hafner Pub. Co., 1971. Bot QK100 .N6 W6 1971.

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Lerner, Carol. Dumb Cane and Daffodils: Poisonous Plants in the House and Garden. New York: Morrow Junior Books, c1990. Pub Juv QK100 .A1 L47 1990.

Lerner, Carol. Moonseed and Mistletoe: A Book of Poisonous Plants. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1988. Pub Juv QK100 .U6 L47 1988.

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Audio Visual Education Network. Harmful Algal Blooms Impacts, Trends and Current Developments. Audio Visual Education Network, 1999. Pub AV/Multimedia QK568 .T67 H37 1999 -- sides 1&2, 3&4.

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