toxicity of house plants

Chuck Miller rellim at MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU
Mon Jul 31 10:29:22 EST 1995

Steve (SteveK at bitmap-brothers.co.uk) wrote:
>As a father with a 14 month old hungry child and a large collection of house
>plants, I am realising big dangers ahead.

>I have been looking around for information about how toxic various house
>plants are, without success. The biggest book shop in London couldn't help
>and now I've spent an afternoon on Internet (which, by the way, has
>introduced me to some *very* good sites) but only come up with 'toxic plants
>in Singapore'. Very good, but not much use in the UK!

>Can anyone give me pointers to anywhere on the internet I can find how
>dangerous my plants are, or any publications on the same subject.

K.F. Lampe gives an excellent discussion of toxic substances produced by
plants and fungi in chapter 23 of Cassarett and Doull's Toxicology, The
Basic Science of Poisons, 4th ed., M. Amdur, J. Doull, and K. Klaassen,

The toxicities of several common house and garden plants are covered in
this review, although the ingested amounts required to achieve toxic
effects are usually not specified. Being a new parent myself, my personal
favorite is the Dieffenbachia (dumb cane) -- a plant with a toxicity that
is not entirely undesirable if one has very vociferous youngsters.    ; >)

Virtually yours,

Dr. Charles A. Miller,  rellim at mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu 
Bionet.Toxicology Discussion Leader
Dept. Environmental Health Sciences 
Rm. 374, Center for Bioenvironmental Research
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University Medical Center  
1430 Tulane Ave. Box SL29                 
New Orleans, LA 70112               
Ph. 504-585-6942, Fx. 504-585-6939              


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