The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Struik Pocket Guides for Southern Africa - Poisonous Plants

Cover of Struik Pocket Guides for Southern Africa - Poisonous Plants

Authors: Eugene Moll and Glen Moll

Illustrations: Rose Crass Strebel

Number of pages: 64

Year published: 1989

Edition: 1st

Published by: Struik Publishers

Softcover

ISBN: 0 86977 854 4

Web site: Struik Nature

The Wildebeest's Review of Poisonous Plants

The Wildebeest reviewing a book

I find it ironic that a plant which is often used as a Christmas decoration graces the cover of a book on poisonous plants. I suppose it’s OK as long as you don’t eat it, poke it in your eye or get its milky latex all over yourself.

This is an interesting little book. After a brief introduction it gets right into the species notes. You be alarmed to recognise a number of the plants which you have been growing proudly, not realising what it could do to you, your kids or your pets.

The write-ups are accompanied by clear illustrations and small distribution maps. The text is informative and highlights what part of the plant is toxic. The notes include information covering the threat to livestock.

The last section of the book was, for me, the most interesting. It covers the effects of the poisons on different organs and systems in the human body. This section of the book should have been up front along with a message saying something to the effect of “if you read just one section of this book make it this one.” Rather be familiar with the symptoms and dangers in advance.

Some of the subjects in this publication

Panther Agaric - Page: 5
Fly Agaric - Page: 5
Superb Lily - Page: 6
Flame Lily - Page: 6
Climbing Lily - Page: 7
Urginea burkei - Page: 8
Urginea pusilla - Page: 8
Slangkop - Page: 8
Tall White Squill - Page: 8
Poison Snake Head - Page: 8
Ornithogalum lacteum - Page: 9
Chinkerinchee - Page: 9
Pregnant Onion - Page: 9
Ornithogalum virens - Page: 9
Star of Bethlehem - Page: 9
Haemanthus amarylloides - Page: 10
April Fool - Page: 10
Blood Lily - Page: 10
Catherine Wheel - Page: 10
Moraea polyanthos - Page: 11
Moraea glaua - Page: 11
Moraea pallida - Page: 11
Moraea breyniana - Page: 11
Common Cape Tulip - Page: 11
Blue Tulp - Page: 11
Tree Nettle - Page: 12
Poison Bush - Page: 13
Phytolacca heptandra - Page: 14
Phytolacca americana - Page: 14
Belhambra - Page: 14
Forest Inkberry - Page: 14
Phytolacca dodecandra - Page: 14
Cotyledon reticulata - Page: 15
Yellow Butterbush - Page: 15
Common Butterbush - Page: 15
Pigs Ears - Page: 15
Cassia didymobotyra - Page: 16
Crotalaria juncea - Page: 17
Crotalaria burkeana - Page: 17
Crotalaria spartioides - Page: 17
Round-pod Rattlebush - Page: 17
Crotalaria dura - Page: 17
Cork Bush - Page: 18
Lucky Bean Creeper - Page: 19
Coast Coral Tree - Page: 20
Common Coral Tree - Page: 20
Persian Lilac - Page: 21
Poison Leaf - Page: 22
Hyaena-poison - Page: 23
Tamboti - Page: 24
Lebombo Ironwood - Page: 24
Castor Oil Bush - Page: 25
Poisettia - Page: 26
Rubber-hedge Euphorbia - Page: 26
Yellow Milk-bush - Page: 26
Naboom Euphorbia - Page: 26
Dead Mans Tree - Page: 28
Pepper Tree - Page: 29
Brazilian Pepper Tree - Page: 29
Greater Turkeybush - Page: 30
Common Turkey Bush - Page: 30
Small St. Johns Wort - Page: 31
Curry Bush - Page: 31
Blisterbush - Page: 32
Round-leaved Poison-bush - Page: 33
Dune Poison-bush - Page: 33
Common Poison-bush - Page: 33
Quinine Tree - Page: 34
Oleander - Page: 35
Poisonrope - Page: 36
Yellow Oleander - Page: 37
Wild Cotton - Page: 38
Common Lantana - Page: 39
Solanum incanum - Page: 40
Common Thorn Apple - Page: 41
Tabacco - Page: 42
Tobacco Tree - Page: 42
Digitalis purpurea - Page: 43
Digitalis lanata - Page: 43
Cucumis africanus - Page: 44
Momordica clematidea - Page: 44
Geigeria aspera - Page: 45
Vermeerbos - Page: 45
Senecio ilicifolius - Page: 46
Senecio sceleratus - Page: 46
Senecio retrorsus - Page: 46
Senecio latifolius - Page: 46
Poison Ragwort - Page: 46
Mauve Castalis - Page: 47
Chrysocoma tenuifolia - Page: 48

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