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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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Deadly Galerina (Galerina Autumnalis)

Deadly Galerina (Galerina Autumnalis)

Galerina autumnalis grow commonly in Nova Scotia in wooded areas. These mushrooms contain deadly amanitins (cyclopeptides) like those found in the Destroying Angel (Amanita spp.) and can be lethal if consumed.

Galerina autumnalis is light brown, the gills are attached to the stem, has a membranous ring but no volva and a rusty-brown spore print. It fruits in small clusters on the ground in the woods, usually in the fall.

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