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Book 106

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical AtrocitiesWicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this. It's written with a wry sense of humor. As the title promises, it's a short encyclopedia of dangerous plants. It's written for laymen so there isn't a ton of scientific data. There is enough though, scientific name, growing ranges and the dangerous chemicals they contain.

It's lavishly illustrated. It reminds me of something you'd see in the botanical archives from their earliest days. That said, I would have liked actual photos since they're more helpful for identification, though that would have made it much more expensive to produce.

I would take this as it's meant to be: an introduction. If I wasn't a biologist (and I am), I'd take note of any plants in my area I was worried about and using the scientific name (that's important, the common names vary with regions) to learn more.

It's a fun little book.

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Tags: non-fiction, science

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