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Poisonous Plants in GB

1 INTROdUCTION None should venture out into field or forest to gather food or remedies without some knowledge of the plants and fungi that may cause harm, or even prove deadly, if consumed. At 14 years of age I foolishly collected and ingested a very poisonous inocybe mushroom, and as a consequence developed a healthy interest and respect for the poisonous plants and fungi. This little book contains plenty to fascinate and inform young and old alike. There are notes on appearance, symptoms of poisoning, antidotes and anecdotes. Many of the most poisonous species are illustrated, using antique prints from some of the greatest botanical artists to have lived. However, this book is not a comprehensive guide, for which a far larger volume would be required, neither is it intended to be a substitute for a reliable field guide to the identification of species, of which there are many available. The information in this book is designed to help the naturalist, wild food collector, folklorist, parent or livestock owner to carry out their respective tasks in an informed way. Anecdotes are provided for your information and entertainment only, and are not intended to promote experimentation with ANY of the plants and fungi listed. To any who would be so tempted, I implore you to reflect upon these words from a memorial stone As I Was, So Are Thee As I Am, So Wilt Thou Bee St. Nicholas Church, Bromham, Wiltshire
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