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POISONOUS PLANTS

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Know Your Plants!

What determines if a plant is listed as poisonous?

Plants may end up on lists for a variety of reasons: some may produce a dermatological reaction, carry poisonous fungi, or as they mature, pose problems for humans or animals. So a few plants that end up on these lists may not be what we would think of as poisonous.

You may find books like Edible Wild Plants and Venomous Animals & Poisonous Plants, both Peterson Field Guides, helpful in identifying these plants. Don't forget about poisonous houseplants like philodendron, which should never be accessible to your guinea pigs during floor time.

Example of Poisonous Plant:

BUTTERCUP
Buttercups reportedly contain an acrid poison that if eaten can cause intestinal irritation. If handled, it can cause blisters on the skin. Return

DO NOT FEED
DO NOT FEED


POISONOUS PLANT LINKS
Melissa Kaplan has compiled a comprehensive list of edible and harmful plants with a description of their toxic effects.

See also the Cornell University Poisonous Plants Informational Database: www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/
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