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Websites

Kidsafe
Kidsafe Queensland Fact sheet: Poisonous plants.

Australian Plants Online
Information about poisonous Australian native plants, (mainly in relation to stock and animal poisonings).

HealthInsite
The Australian Government Health Information portal – This information relates to plant poisoning.

Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage
The Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage has a website with a brief bibliography of publications relating to poisoning by plants and fungi.

New South Wales Department of AgricultureThe New South Wales Department of Agriculture has produced a booklet detailing poisonous garden plants.

National Plant Labelling Guidelines
The Nursery and Gardening Industry of Australia has developed standardised plant labelling guidelines to identify poisonous plants.

Books

Auld,B.A. & Medd, R.W. (1987). Weeds: An illustrated guide to the weeds of Australia. Inkata Press
Bailey,L.H. (1963).  Manual of Cultivated Plants. The Macmillan Company.
Barr, A. (1988). Traditional Bush Medicines: an aboriginal pharmacopeia. Greenhouse Publications P/L.
Behl, P.N. & Captain, R.M. (1966) Skin Irritant and Sensitizing Plants. New Dehli.
Bruneton, J. (1999). Toxic Plants Dangerous to Humans and Animals. Intercept Ltd, UK.
Burrows, George E. & Tyrl, Ronald J. (2001). Toxic Plants of  North America. Iowa State University Press.
Chevallier, Andrew (1996). The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants: A practical reference guide to over 500 key herbs and their medicinal uses. Dorling Kindersley, London.
Cooper, M.R. & Johnson, A.W. (1984). Poisonous Plants in Britain & their Effects on Animals & Man. Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Reference book 161.
Covacevich, J., Davie, P. and Pearn, J. (Eds) (1987). Toxic Plants and Animals: A Guide for Australia. Queensland Museum, Brisbane.
Everett, T.H. (1981). The New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Horticulture Vol.2. Garland Publishing Inc., New York, USA.
Everist, S.L. (1981). Poisonous Plants of Australia. Angus and Robertson, Australia.
Forster,P.I “A putative treatment for euphorbia sap-burn in humans” Cactus and Succulent Journal (US) Vol. 71 (1999) No.4 p218
Griffiths, Mark (1994). Index of Garden Plants. The Royal Horticultural Society. MacMillan Press Ltd.
Harden, G.J. (ed.) (1993). Flora of New South Wales Vol.4. NSW University Press.
Jackes, B.R. (1992). Poisonous Plants in Northern Australian Gardens. James Cook University of North Queensland, Department of Botany.
Jones, D.L. (1986). Ornamental Rainforest Plants in Australia. Reed Books, Australia
Jones, D. (1990). Palms in Australia. Reed Books Pty Ltd, Balgowlah, New South Wales.
Jones, D.L. (1993). Cycads of the World. Reed Publications, Australia
Irvine, F.R. (1961). Woody Plants of Ghana: with special reference to their uses. Oxford University Press, London.
Krempin, J.L. (1983). 1000 Decorative Plants. Rigby Publishers.
Lampe,C. & Collet, F. (1989). Field Guide to Weeds in Australia. Inkata Press.
Lampe, K.F., McCann, M. (1985). AMA Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants. American Medical Association Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Lassak, E.V. & McCarthy, T. (2001). Australian Medicinal Plants. New Holland Publishers (Aus) P/L.
Macoboy, S. (1985). What indoor plant is that? Landsdowne Press, Sydney, Australia.
Mitchell, J. and Rook, A. (1979). Botanical Dermatology: Plants and Plant Products Injurious to the Skin. Greengrass Vancouver.
McKenzie, R. (2012). Australia's Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria, A Guide to Species of Medical and Veterinary Importance. CSIRO Publishing, Australia.
Monaghan,N. & McMaugh,J. (1987). Agfact P7.6.41 Department of Agriculture NSW. “Rhus – an urban weed”
Moore, D.M. (1983). Flora of Tierra de Fuego
Mors, Walter B.; Rizzini, Carlos Toledo; Pereira, Nuno A. Ed. De Felipps, Robert A. (2000). Medicinal Plants of Brazil. Book No. 6: Medicinal Plants of the World. Reference Publications Inc.
Morton, J.F. (1982). Plants Poisonous to People in Florida and Other Warm Areas.  Southeastern Printing Co. Inc. Florida, USA.
Oakman, H. (1996). Harry Oakman’s Shrubs: the complete guide to shrubs for tropical & subtropical gardens. Univ. of Queensland Press, Brisbane.
Rätsch, Christian (2005). The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and its applications. Park Street Press.
Retief, E. & Herman, P.P.J. (1997). Plants of the Northern Provinces of South Africa: Keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
Schultes, Richard E. & Raffauf, Robert F. (1990). The Healing Forest: Medicinal & Toxic Plants of the North West Amazonia. Dioscorides Press
Stanley, T.D. & Ross, E.M. (1983). Flora of south-eastern Queensland, Vol. 1, 2 & 3. Qld Dept. Primary Industries.
Traditional Aboriginal Medicines in the Northern Territory of Australia. (1993) Aboriginal Communities of the Northern Territory, Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory.
van der Vossen, H.A.M & Wessel, M. (Eds.) (2000). Prosea: Plant Resources of SE Asia No.16: Stimulants. Backhuys Publishing, Leiden 2000
van Wyk, B. , Gericke, N. (2000). People’s Plants: A guide to useful plants of Southern Africa. Briza Publications.
Watt, J.M., Breyer-Brandwijk, M.G. (1962). The Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Southern and Eastern Africa. 2nd edn  E.&S.Livingstone Ltd.

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