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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

Keywords

Western Australia, Native pear, Toxic plants, Xylomelum angustifolium

First Page Number

62

Last Page Number

63

Abstract

THE Native Pear (Xylomelum angustifolium) has recently been associated with stock losses in the Marchagee district, and a sample of the leaves of sucker shoots, which were submitted for chemical analysis, showed small amounts of prussic acid. This is the first occasion on which the species has come under notice as a toxic plant, although a related species (X pyriforme), which occurs in the Eastern States, has long been known to contain the same toxic principle under certain circumstances.

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