Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

The poisonous plants in New Zealand.

Abstract

The general, clear, format of the first (1951) edition has been retained in this second edition, but several sections, notably those on poisonous fungi, blue-green algae and the chemistry of plant toxins, have been revised and extended, and a new section giving the results in livestock of feeding trials with dried flowering plants is included. In the light of more recent information, both deletions and additions to the lists of flowering plants, conifers and ferns have been made. Botanical descriptions of each entry are followed by notes on distribution, case reports of poisoning and typical clinical symptoms in affected animals and man, where relevant. Although arranged alphabetically in order of families, a comprehensive general index, supplemented by indexes of genera and common names and a botanical glossary, make access to the book possible for the general reader and members of the farming community as well as botanists and veterinarians. The book is not medically biased, and does not include details of antidotes or suggestions of treatment for use after ingestion of or contact with poisonous plants. As the distribution of many of the plants is not limited to New Zealand, this well illustrated book, with over 750 references, should be well received outside the country for which it is primarily intended.