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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FDA Poisonous Plant Database

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DISCLAIMER

The Poisonous Plant database provides access to references in the scientific literature (primarily print literature through about 2007) describing studies and reports of the toxic properties and effects of plants and plant parts.

The information in this database is intended only for scientific exchange. It has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for publication nor does it have any official status. The information is continually increasing and being modified; it is neither error-free not comprehensive. Information herein is in the public domain. Any copyrighted or privately owned material inadvertently included will be removed as soon as possible.

For information or concerns about the toxicity of plants, contact the local Poison Control Center in your area. A directory of these is available from The American Association of Poison Control Centers (http://www.aapcc.org/)

For poisoning emergency call 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911.


Search the FDA Poisonous Plant Database (Data updated May 2008)

    Enter a term or exact phrase (e.g., a plant name). All records containing the text will be displayed.
  • Use of common terms such as "poison" or "plant" will generate a large number of returns.
  • Searching on plant names will probably generate the most useful search results.
  • The details link provides a listing of all other plants cited in that particular reference, as well as the full text for abstracts.
  • Contact Fred Fry at frederick.fry@fda.hhs.gov to report problems or errors.

(search is not case-sensitive)

  

This database contains references to the scientific literature describing studies of the toxic properties
and effects of plants and plant parts.
 

  • Fields include: Author(s), Title, Citation, FDA Document #, *GRIN Reference, Family, Latin Name, Common Name, and Standard Name.
  • *GRIN is the Germplasm Resources Information Network from USDS/ARS. Links to the GRIN Database for Genus species or Genus spp. are provided where available.
  • For PMID numbers, links to abstracts or articles from journal citations are provided for the PubMed database at the National Library of Medicine.
  • The link for See Details in the search results will display all of the database plant records for that specific reference citation.


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