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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2021 12:53 am
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We had a massive drought last year and now there are very weird weeds taking over my track, seem resistant to spray. We have a lot of Vervain growing but I don't think anything eats it by choice and it doesn't appear to be toxic.

There are a couple of plants I can't tell. One looks like a tall thin ragwort relative or a daisy, the other is small woody bush that sheep will nibble on if pushed.

Trying to find what they are and if they are poisonous. Many thanks if you can help. I haven't gotten out my poisonous plant CD yet but will have another go on a different computer as mine wouldn't open the disc. Grrrr!

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Judy

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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2021 12:54 am
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Ragwort or daisy? Have found one of these away from the horses and am letting it flower to see what colour it is.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2021 12:55 am
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Close up of young plant.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2021 12:56 am
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The wee bush that can get up to knee height.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2021 02:56 am
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Judy, "close up young plant" and the photo just before it are either Senecio jacobea (Ragwort) or else the closely related Tansy. I can't tell which because they both have similar leaves, but different blossom form. Senecio is a known poisonous plant (contains PA or pyrillozidine alkaloids, strong liver toxins similar to what's in Paterson's Curse)  and a listed noxious weed -- most principalities ask landowners to remove this plant as soon as it is seen.

The other photos do not contain enough information (blurry, too small, not in bloom, etc.) for me to identify.

Remember that none of our CD disks self-initiate or self-boot. They are all presented as one or more large .pdf documents that have been burned down onto the disk. You have to boot your Acrobat reader FIRST, then browse to the disk and to the particular .pdf file. --Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2021 05:39 pm
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Awesome re how to open my CDs, thank you for the help there.

Oh dear re the Ragwort but once again thanks for your time for identifying this. I will try and photograph the other weed again. A friend is coming to help me pull weeds today so we might just get rid of that sucker.
Cheers Judy

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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2021 07:27 pm
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Dr. Deb - I've replaced my desktop computer with a laptop, so I no longer have a CD/ROM reader (honestly, the only time I'd used it recently was for your plant CD, as I was trying to ID what turned out to be dock).

Has there been any consideration about making your voluminous "encyclopedia" on pasture plants available online?

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 Posted: Wed Jan 20th, 2021 01:02 am
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Jean, sure, we've thought about it. However, the Poison Plants book is as you note a very large book and that would mean long download times or multiple smaller downloads. We do not currently have that set up at our website.

Meanwhile....you might consider purchasing a stand-alone CD drive that connects to your laptop or tablet via a cable. You can use that to play movies or music as well.

Thanks for your patience concerning this; a website revision necessary to creating downloads is just not within our financial reach at the present time. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Wed Jan 20th, 2021 11:46 am
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Thanks!
I appreciate that you have been thinking about it, now that standard built-in CD/ROM readers seem to be "going the way of the dodo."


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