Poisonous Plants of Paradise: First Aid and Medical Treatment of Injuries from Hawaii's Plants

Poisonous Plants of Paradise: First Aid and Medical Treatment of Injuries from Hawaii's Plants


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Can swallowing a poinsettia leaf kill you? Why do you have to cook taro before you eat it? Is cooking with oleander wood really dangerous? Poisonous Plants of Paradise, a well-researched and generously illustrated guide to potentially harmful plants in Hawai'i, answers these questions and many more in everyday language and in a user-friendly format.

Of value to both medical professionals and the general public, this handbook describes each plant in words and color photos, then identifies the plant's toxins, mechanism of injury, incidence, signs and symptoms, and traditional and modern uses. The authors offer first aid recommendations and discuss advanced medical treatment based on the latest published literature.

Health-care workers, naturalists, hikers, parents, and child-care providers will find Poisonous Plants of Paradise a highly useful and informative reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824822514
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Series: Latitude 20 Book Series
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,144,378
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A former registered nurse, Susan Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawai‘i in 1985 and is a graduate of the university’s Marine Option Program, where she specialized in marine science journalism. Since 1987, Susan has written the weekly “Ocean Watch” column for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has worked as a volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1989.

Table of Contents

Toxin Categories of Poisonous Plants in Hawai'iix
Families of Poisonous Plants in Hawai'ixiii
Quick Guide to Poisonous Plants in Hawai'ixvi
Allamanda (Allamanda cathartica)1
Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia [times] candida)4
Anthurium (Anthurium species)8
Azalea (Rhododendron species)12
Be-Still Tree (Thevetia peruviana)15
Black-Eyed Susan (Abrus precatorius)20
Candlenut (Kukui) (Aleurites moluccana)25
Cassava (Manihot esculenta)29
Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)32
Cerbera (Cerbera manghas)37
Cestrum (Cestrum species)41
Chinaberry (Melia azedarach)44
Crown Flower (Calotropis gigantea)48
Cup of Gold and Silver Cup (Solandra species)53
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia species)57
Elephant Ear (Alocasia and Xanthosoma species)62
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)67
Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba)71
Hawaiian Poppy (Argemone glauca)75
Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)78
Japanese Anemone (Anemone hupehensis)81
Jatropha (Jatropha species)85
Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)91
Kahili Flower and Silky Oak (Grevillea species)95
Kava (Piper methysticum)99
Lantana (Lantana camara)103
Mango (Mangifera indica)107
Mushrooms (Agaricales)112
Nightshade (Solanum species)121
Oleander (Nerium oleander)126
Pencil Plant, Crown of Thorns, Red Spurge, and Slipper Flower (Euphorbia and Pedilanthus species)131
Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)137
Plumeria (Plumeria species)140
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)143
Pokeberry and Coral Berry (Phytolacca species and Rivina humilis)147
Star-of-Bethlehem (Hippobroma longiflora)152
Taro (Colocasia esculenta)155
Notes and References161
References Cited167

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