Wicked plants the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities

by Stewart, Amy.

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Summary
Stewart takes on more than 200 of Mother Nature's most appalling creations and offers this A-to-Z compendium of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend
Contents
Aconite
Arrow poisons
Ayahuasca vine and chacruna
Betel nut
Castor bean
Ordeal poisons
Coca
Coyotillo
Deadly nightshade
Death camas
Deadly dinner
Ergot
Fatal fungus
Habanero chili
Henbane
The Devil's bartender
Iboga
Jimson weed
Botanical crime families
Khat
Killer algae
Ragweed
Kudzu
Lawn of death
Mala mujer
Here comes the sun
Manchineel tree
Don't look now
Mandrake
Marijuana
Oleander
Forbidden garden
Opium poppy
Dreadful bouquet
Peacock flower
Peyote cactus
Psychedelic plants
Poison hemlock
Purple loosestrife
Weeds of mass destruction
Ratbane
Rosary pea
The terrible toxicodendrons
Sago palm
More than one way to skin a cat
Stinging tree
Meet the nettles
Strychnine tree
Suicide tree
Carnivores
Tobacco
Toxic blue-green algae
Duck and cover
Water hemlock
Water hyacinth
Social misfits
Whistling thorn acacia
White snakeroot
Yew
Poison gardens

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "They may look sweet and innocent, but anyone who has ever broken out in a rash after picking a hyacinth blossom or burst into violent sneezing after sniffing a chrysanthemum knows that often the most beautiful flowers can pack the nastiest punch. This comes as no secret to mystery writers, who have long taken advantage of the nefarious properties of common garden plants to create the devices by which a deadly dose of poison is administered to an unsuspecting victim. But, as Stewart so entertainingly points out, such fiction is based on pure fact. There are plants that can kill with a drop of nectar, paralyze with the brush of a petal. From bucolic woodland streams choked by invasive purple loosestrife to languid southern fields overrun by kudzu, some plants are just more trouble than they're worth. Culling legend and citing science, Stewart's fact-filled, A-Z compendium of nature's worst offenders offers practical and tantalizing composite views of toxic, irritating, prickly, and all-around ill-mannered plants.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Poisonous plants
Dangerous plants
Nature
Gardening
Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Algonquin Books2009
2009
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Morrow-Cribbs, Briony.
Rosen, Jonathon.
OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-[236])
ISBN 9781565129399
9781565129399
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