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Australia's Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria : A Guide to Species of Medical and Veterinary Importance - Ross McKenzie

Australia's Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria

A Guide to Species of Medical and Veterinary Importance


Published: 1st June 2012
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Australia's Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria is the first full-colour, comprehensive guide to the major natural threats to health in Australia affecting domestic and native animals and humans. The overriding aim of the book is to prevent poisoning, as there are few effective treatments available, particularly in domestic animals. The species have been chosen because of their capacity to threaten life or damage important organs, their relative abundance or wide distribution in native and naturalised Australian flora, or because of their extensive cultivation as crops, pastures or in gardens. These include flowering plants, ferns and cone-bearing plants, macrofungi, ergot fungi and cyanobacteria. The plant species are grouped by life form such as herbs, grasses and sedges, shrubs, trees, and for flowering plants by flower type and colour for ease of identification. Species described have colour photographs, distribution maps and notes on confusing species, habitats, toxins, animals affected, conditions of poisoning, clinical signs and symptoms, post mortem changes, therapy, prevention and control. Symbols are used for quick reference to poisoning duration and available ways of managing poisoning. As further aids to understanding, poisoning hot-spots are highlighted and the book lists plants under the headings of animals affected and organs affected. A Digest gives brief details for all poisonous species in Australia. This book is written in a straightforward style making it accessible to a wide audience including farmers, veterinarians, agricultural advisors, gardeners, horticulturists, botanists and park rangers, medical practitioners and paramedics, teachers, parents and pet owners.


Excellent reference on Australian toxic plants and symptoms


An excellent reference for awareness of native and introduced toxic plants and their locations across Australia. Useful information on toxicity symptoms also included. Highly recommended for livestock producers, horse owners, regional communities and anyone interested or potentially affected by toxic plants.

Queensland, Australia


Unique opportunity


Every serious botanist and herbarium should have a copy of this book, but also anyone to whom poisoning may be an issue.



Australia's Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria

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About the Author
Preface: why this book?
Using this book
Understanding plants and plant poisoning
How to confirm tentative identifications
Common poisoning profiles
Poisonous cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)
Poisonous cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)
Poisonous fungi
Poisonous fungi
Poisonous vascular plants
Poisonous ferns
Poisonous cycads
Poisonous grasses, sedges and mat-rushes
Poisonous grass-trees
Poisonous grass-like herbs (iris and lily families)
Poisonous forbs (non-grass-like herbs)
Poisonous vines (climbing plants and creepers)
Poisonous shrubs
Poisonous trees
Digest of poisonous cyanobacteria, algae, slime moulds, macrofungi and plants in Australia
Aids to identifying flowering plants
The top killers
Poisoning hot-spots
Animals and the major species that poison them
Body systems affected by the major poisonous species
Australian states with major poisonous species
References and further reading
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780643092679
ISBN-10: 0643092676
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 960
Published: 1st June 2012
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.0  x 5.1
Weight (kg): 2.99