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  1. mcory

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    Healthy fresh tortoise foods are in abundance everywhere - you just need to know what to look for. This list is intended to serve as a guide to identifying natural foods, as easy and painlessly as possible. Remember to use only plants and grasses from chemical free sources. The following plants have been cross-referenced with various sources including the links at the bottom of this page.

    Key:

    Sp.= species Spp= multiple species L= Leaves F= Flowers FR= Fruit S= Stems R= Root
    The plants with * beside it, are known to be some of healthier choices.
    * High in Oxalic Acid * Glucosinolates/Goitrogens *Phytic Acid
    *purines * Tannins * Protein = Should be fed sparingly
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    ~~ Native food source for African species
    ~~ Native food source for Gopherus agassizi

    SUCCULENTS:


    Abutilon -
    Aeonium
    *Agave - Spp. -Leaves; Flowers- (all)
    Albuca
    ~~Aloe Vera-Leaves; Flowers - (all)
    Amarican Aloe Spp.
    *Begonias
    Echeveria Spp.
    Haworthia reinwardtii (very slow growing)
    Hens & chickens Sempervivum tectorum
    Hens & chicks E. cheveria Spp.
    Ice plants (Mesembryanthemaceae family)
    ~~Kalanchoe Spp.
    Live-forever- Orphine (Sedum purpureum)
    Mimulus F Aurantica
    ~~Opuntias Spp.
    ~~Portulaca
    Sedum Spp.
    Spiderwort- Tradescantia pinetorum,occidentalis
    Tradescantia crassula Link & Otto
    Yucca (Yucca species)
    Tradescantia (wandering jew)
    Desert Rose (Adenium obesum)

    TREES AND BUSHES:

    Edible Shrubs - Plants for a Future
    Two Rainy Side Gardeners

    *Banana leaves- Leaves; Fruit-
    aurea (golden bamboo or fishpole bamboo).
    Fig Tree leaves-Leaves; Fruit - Moraceae
    Forsythia - Oleaceae
    Guava Tree - Leaves - Psidium guajava
    Heather - Ericaceae
    ~~ *Hibiscus - rosa-sinensis Leaves; Flowers-
    Hibiscus syriacus
    Maple - Acer saccharum
    Mimosa - Desmanthus illinoensis
    ~~ *Mulberry Tree-(all) L/ FR
    ~~Muhly - Sporobolus asperifolius
    Black variety "Morus nigra"
    White variety "Morus alba"
    Paper mulberry - Moraceae - L/F/FR
    Sage-
    Sea Grape-
    Tea Tree- Lepta Spermum Scoperium L/F
    Tumbleweed - Salsola kali aka Russian Thistle
    Hibiscus syriacus or Shrub Althea (Rose of Sharon)
    Loquat bush - Eriobotrya japonica
    Willow - Salicaccae family - Ssp.

    CULTIVATED PLANTS:

    Arctotis (African daisy)
    Alyssum Sweet- Lobularia maritima L/F
    Aster- Aster sp.
    Baby's Tears - Soleirolia soleirolii - Helxine soleirolii
    *Begonia - semperflorens - L/F
    Birds Nests Fern - Asplenium nidus
    Bottle Brush - Callistemom
    Bridal Veil - Tripogandra multiflora
    Bromeliads - Bromeliaceae spp
    Carnation - Dianthus caryophyllus
    German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) - flowers
    Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) - flowers More information
    ~~Chinese Lantern, Abutilon hybridum- flowers
    Coleus- Coleus ~~ *
    Coreopsis- Leaves; Flowers- Giganta/ tinctoria/atkinsoniana / calliopsidea
    Cornflower (Bachelor's Buttons)- Plagiobothrys ssp. - leaves, flowers
    Corn Plant - Dracaena fragrans
    Dahlia - pinnata / rosea
    ~~ Day Lillies- Hemerocallis L/F/ - Not Easter or Tiger
    Daisy- English Bellis perennis - flowers
    *Dichondra - repens- Leaves; Flowers-
    Forsythia - Forsythia suspensa
    Fuschia - Fuschia- flowers only
    ~~ Gazania-Leaves; Flowers- Spp
    ~~ Geranium-(Pelargonium species) Leaves; Flowers -
    (wild and domestic)
    *Grape Vine- Leaves; Fruit - vitaceae & berberidaceae
    Heather- (Ericaceae sp) L/F
    ~~Hibiscus (leaves & Flowers)
    Hollyhock- Alcea rosea- Blosoms
    Hosta - Leaves; Flowers-
    Ice plant - Sedum spectabilis
    *Impatiens - glandulifera - Leaves; Oil; flower; Seed -
    Jasmine - Jasminum officinale: J. grandifloum
    Johnny-Jump-Up - Viola tricolor
    *Kalankoe Ssp.
    *Kale (Brassica oleracea)
    Lavender-Lavandula angustifolia - labiatae- L/F
    Lilac - Syringa vulgaris
    Lillies-Whole plant-hemerocallis (Easter & Tiger Lilies are poisonous)
    Mallow- Common Malva sylrestris
    Marigold-Leaves; Flowers- (Domestic and wild)
    Mimulus - aurantica - flowers
    Monkey Plant - Ruellia makoyana - L/F
    Moon Flower- Ipomoea alba, Ipomoea leptophylla- L/R
    Mother of Pearl - Graptopetalum paraguayen
    Nasturtiums -officinale Tropaeolum majus
    *Opuntia Cacti
    Pansy - Pansy Viola X - L/F
    ~~Petunias
    Phlox- Phlox paniculata)
    Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
    **Portacula (moss rose)-Leaves; Flowers- Grandiflora
    Portulacaria afra
    *Pothos - Epipremnum Pothos aureus -Epipremnum aureum
    Primrose - Primula vulgaris
    *Californian Poppy - escholzia
    Poppy Welsh- Meconopsis cambrica
    Purslane- Portulaca oleracea
    *Sedum -
    Sempervivum- Leaves; Flowers-
    Spider Plant - Chlorophytum comosum - L/ F
    Strawberries (all) Wild and domestic
    Sweedish Ivy - Plectranthus australis - L/F
    Umbrella Plant - Darmera peltata / Petasites hyrbridus
    ~~ Violets (not African - English)
    Whispering Bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora)
    Wisteria spp. (wisteria) flowers
    Yucca - Leaves; Flowers- (all)
    Zinnia- sp. Leaves; Flowers- -
    Lavender-Leaves; Flowers- labiatae

    COMMON WEEDS:

    ~~** Alfalfa (Medicago sativia)
    Bindweed - Convolvulus & calystegia spp
    *Birdsfoot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
    Bittercress - Cardamine hirsuta & flexuosa
    *Black mustard- entire plant- Brassica Nigra
    *Buckwheat, Polygonaceae Eriogonum fasciculatum
    Bugleweed-Leaves; Flowers- Ajuga reptans
    Butterfly Bush - Buddleja ssp.
    Cat's-ears - Hypochoeris & hypochoeris spp
    ~~**Chickweed - Cerastium vulgatum / Cerastium arvense /
    Common greenbrier, Catbrier-- Silax roundfolia and ssp
    ~~*Cotyledon orbiculata - F/L/R - Crassulaceae
    **Chicory- - Flowers; Leaves; Root. - Cichorium
    Clover - Trifolium repens Trifolium pratense
    Coneflower (purple), Echinacea sp. (Rudbeckia)
    ~~ Cotyledon - umbilicus-veneris - AKA Pennywort,
    Creeping Bell-flower Campanula rapunculoides
    Navelwort, Cotylet
    Daisy- Leaves; Flowers- Bellis perennis
    Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale - Flowers; Leaves; Root.
    *Dandelion- other; Leaves; Root. - Agoseris - aurantiaca
    *Dayflower-Leaves; Flowers- Commelina diffusa
    ~~ * Dichondra repens (wonderlawn)
    **Dock- Flowers; Leaves; Root - Rumex
    Echinacea-Leaves; Flowers- Angustifolia
    ~~ Endives
    Evening Primrose-Leaves; Flowers- Oenothera biensis
    Cut-leaved evening primrose, Oenothera laciniata
    *Field mustard- entire plant- Brassica rapa
    Filaree -Erodium cicutarium
    California Filago - Filago californica
    Hawkbits - Leontodon ssp
    Hawk's Beards - Crepis-biennis-&-capilallaris
    Henbit - leaves and flowers Lamium amplexicaule
    Honeysuckle- L/F - Lonicera interrupta / Lonicera japonica
    Honesty - Condiment; Root; Seed - Lunaria annua
    *Knotweed - Polygonum spp.
    *Kudzu-L/F Root. - Puerar lobata
    *Mallow -L/F Root Malva rotundifolia /sylvestris/ neglecta/ moschata
    Marigold-Leaves, Flowers- calendula
    *Miners Lettuce-Leaves- M. perfoliata
    **Mustard - Brassica species Sisymbrium officinale
    Nettle- Stinging (Urtica dioica)
    ~~ Nipplewort - Lapsana communis
    Opuntia Cacti -(all) L/F/FR- Opuntia - remove spines!
    Persimmon - Diospyros texanum , Diospyros virginiana
    *Pink Perslane-Leaves; Flowers- Montia sibirica
    *Pigweed - Amaranthus
    Prickliy Lettuce- entire plant- Lactuca serriola
    Primrose - Primula vulgaris
    ~~ ~~ *Plantains - Plantago major, media & lanceotata
    Purple deadnettle/ red deadnettle - Lamium purpurem
    Poverty weed- Entire plant - Monolepis nuttallia / Iva axillaris
    *Purslane-
    Raspberry / Blackberry- rubusideus
    Red Maids - Calandrinia ciliata
    Shepard's purse - Capsella bursa-pastorsis Capsella bursa-pastoris
    *Common Sorrel- Rumex & Oxalis ssp
    Salad Burnet - Sanguisorba minor
    Sainfoin - Onobrychis sativa
    St. Johns Wort-Leaves; Flowers - Hypericum
    *Stonecrops- Sedum album
    *Sow Thistle - Sonchus oleraceus & arvensis
    ~~Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
    Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)
    *Mallows - Abutilon Malva sylvestris, neglecta & moschata
    Common mallow -Malva neglecta - L/F
    *Quick Weed - Galinsoga
    Bush vetch - Vicia sepium
    *Common vetch-Vicia sativa
    Tufted vetch - Vicia cracca
    Violet (ssp) - L/F (not African ) Viola ssp
    ~~**Watercress- L/F- Cruiferae
    ***Wild Carrot- Condiment; Leaves; Root. - Daucus carota
    Wild Strawberry - Fragaria Vesca
    Wintercress- Entire plant- Barbarea vulgarsis
    ~~Yarrow-L/ Fl Achellea millefolium

    GRASSES



    Common name index of Grasses & Grasslike Plants
    AFRICAN GRASSES USED IN THE UNITED STATES
    African Grasses

    ~~ Barnyardgrass - Echinochloa crus-galli
    Bentgrasses Agrostis spp.
    ~~Bermuda - Cynodon dactylon
    Bluegrass, annual - Poa annua
    ~~Blue grama - Bouteloua gracilis
    Big Bluestem - andropogon gerardi
    ~~Brome
    ~~ Buffalo grass (Stenotaphrum secondatum)
    ~~ Buffelgrass, Cenchrus ciliaris L.
    Canarygrass, littleseed Phalaris minor
    Chufa, or Yellow Nut Grass Cyperus esculentus
    ~~ Couchgrass - Agropyon repens
    ~~ Crabgrass- Digitaria sanguinalis
    Fescue, Tall - Festuca arundinacea
    Fescue, Blue - festuca glauca
    Goosegrass- Eleusine indica
    Indian Ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides)
    ~~ Kikuyugrass - Pennisetum clandestinum
    ~~Kleingrass, Panicum coloratum L.
    ~~ Napiergrass, Pennisetum purpureum
    Oatgrass -
    *Orchard- Dactylis glomerata
    Pampasgrass - Cortaderia selloana
    **~~Pearl Millet - Pennisetum glaucum
    ~~ Pangolagrass, Digitaria decumbens
    Peppergrass - Lepidium spp.
    Quackgrass- Agropyron repens
    *Rye -
    Sesame grass - Tripsacum dactyloides
    St. Agustine
    Sweet vernal grass - Anthoxanthum odoratum
    Timothy- Phleum pratense
    Trefoil
    Vetch
    Wild oats - Avena fatua
    Witchgrass- Panicum capillare L.
    ~~ Weeping lovegrass, Eragrostis curvula

    FERNS:

    Asperagus Fern - Asperagus setaceus plumosis
    Boston Fern - Nephrolepsis exalta
    Ostrich Fern- Matteuccia struthiopteris L/F
    (NOT bracken ferns, (Pteridium aquilinum)
    Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum - L/ F
    Tree Fern - Dicksonia antartica
    Cinnamon fern - Osumunda cinnamomea

    VINES:

    Grape vines - Concord Vitis spp.
    *Russian vines
    ~~*Tradescantia (wandering jew) - Tradescantia albiflora - L/F
    Honeysuckle- L/F - Lonicera interrupta / Lonicera japonica/ Lonicera periclymenum & caprifolium
    Creeping Charlie- Pilea nummulariifolia
    Climbing Nasturtium
    Creeping jenny -Lysimachia nummlaria
    Ground ivy - Glechoma hederacea
    Sweedish Ivy - Plectranthus australis - L/F
    Wild muscadine - Vitis rotundifolia
    Kudzu - Puerrrraria lobata
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