Australia’s Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria

Australia’s Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria
Author: 
Ross McKenzie
Publisher: 
CSIRO Publishing
Publication Date: 
2012
ISBN: 
978–0–643–09267–9

decorated boards, 950 pp., $205.00.

This weighty (950 pages or 6.6 pounds or 3 kilograms, pun intended) book is a comprehensive, full-color guide to the major natural threats to health in Australia, affecting domestic and native animals as well as humans. The ultimate purpose of this book is to prevent poisoning, as there few effective treatments available, particularly in domestic animals.

Plant species are grouped by forms such as herbs, grasses, sedges and shrubs, and flowering plants by flower type, including ergot fungi, cone-bearing plants, and color. Species described in this work feature color photographs and distribution maps. Plants are described by both common and scientific names. Toxicity is rated with one to five stars for weight of evidence of poisoning and degree, animals affected, conditions of poisoning, and clinical signs for animals, and symptoms for humans.

The book is quite straightforward and accessible in style. In Australia, it should be part of every library, especially for farmers, veterinarians, gardeners, agricultural advisors, park rangers, horticulturalists, doctors and paramedics, teachers, and parents. Outside of Australia, this important reference work sets a standard for providing a great deal of important information in a very efficient and understandable manner.

— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden.

Volume: 
14
Number: 
6