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THE POISON PLANT PATCH

Poison Ivy, Monkshood, Buttercup, Destroying Angel are all examples of toxic plants or mushrooms that can cause vomiting, convulsions, diarrhea, heart failure, contact dermatitis or death.

The deadly beauty of common wildflowers of the Northeast is illustrated here, in addition to the medical symptoms of poisoning. Learn more about the alkaloids, resins, oils and toxic proteins found in house plants, annuals, perennials or native wildflowers. More than 50 plants, mushrooms and algae are included. Did you know that only a few microscopic algae are responsible for the closure of shellfish to harvesting seasonally?

The website contains but a sample of potential poison plants, not all known toxic plants are identified, nor are all known plant toxins included. It is not intended to replace medical consultation, but is intended as an introduction to the possibilities.

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Liberty Cap (Psilocybe pelliculosa, P. semilanceolata)

Liberty Cap (Psilocybe pelliculosa, P. semilanceolata)

Psilocybe semilanceolata, as well as its look alike, Psilocybe pelliculosa, known as Liberty Caps are herbivore dung-loving fungi found commonly in Nova Scotia in pastures or other open, grassy areas. They are often collected by "shroomers", as well as Panaeolina (Panaeolus) foenisecii, Gymnophilus spectabilis and several other mushrooms, because they contain hallucinogenic compounds. Unfortunately, these mushrooms are hard to distinguish from other, more poisonous species of LBMs (little brown mushrooms) e.g. Clitocybe, Inocybe and Conocybe that do not have any pyschoactive compounds but can cause serious poisoning.

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