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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.

FEATURED POISON PLANT

Conocybe (Conocybe)

Conocybe (Conocybe)

Conocybe mushrooms grow commonly in Nova Scotia in pastures or other open, grassy areas. They are often gathered by individuals mistaking them for Psilocybe species. Like many fungi, they rapidly lose moisture and dry out, appearing like any other little brown mushroom.

Conocybe filaris (Deadly Conocybe) is common in Nova Scotia and contains deadly amanitins (cyclopeptides) like those found in the Destroying Angel (Amanita spp.) and can be lethal if consumed.

Although there are a few species of Conocybe that contain psychoactive compounds, most don’t occur in Nova Scotia. The chances that local species can be mistaken for the deadly Conocybe, or may also be poisonous, are high. Refrain from eating any little brown mushrooms, the consequences from a mistaken identification can be unpleasant at best and deadly in the worst case scenario.

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