CHAPTER XIA CAUTIONARY CHAPTER ON CERTAIN
“Within the infant rind of this weak flowerPoison hath residence.”
is an old saying about mushrooms to
the effect that the way to test their edibility is
to eat a few; if you survive, they are a harmlesskind; if you die, they are poisonous. The same
cynic rule applies to wild plants in general, though
with much greater chance for survival than is af-
forded by the fungus group, since the number of
poisonous flowering plants growing wild in theUnited States is relatively small. Nevertheless
there are some of such common distribution that a
brief reference to a few of these that might deceive
the unwary seems desirable.
Perhaps the plant responsible for most fatalities
A useful monograph, adequately illustrated, entitled “ThirtyPoisonous Plants of the United States,” by V. K.
wasissued a number of years ago by the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture,as Farmers’ Bulletin No.
I believe it is now out of print, butcopies may be found in public libraries.