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Poisonous Plants of South Africa

By Ben-Erik Van Wyk



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Author Ben-Erik Van Wyk
Binding Hardback
Date published December 2002
Number of pages 288
Publisher Briza
ISBN / Item No. 9781875093304


Poisonous plants of South Africa is a guide to the most commonly occurring poisonous plants in South Africa.

This title includes:

  • Detailed species descriptions of 135 poisonous plants. Each entry includes the following information: a description of the plant, the type of toxin, the potential toxicity of the plant and its importance in human or livestock poisoning, the poisonous ingredients and their pharmacological effects.
  • Distribution maps for poisonous plants that occur naturally in the wild.
  • More than 450 full-colour photographs that will assist in the identification of poisonous plants and plant parts.
  • Introductory chapters on human and animal poisoning in South Africa, first aid treatment, methods of testing for toxicity, extraction and isolation of toxins and poisonous principles and their effects.
  • Plant lists according to class of toxin and type of livestock poisoning 
  • A useful checklist of poisonous plants and a glossary of medical terms.

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