A deadly plant, good wild food - and mushrooms! Come with me to explore Oregon's coastal forest in the Siuslaw National Forest.
Mystery Plant - Watch Out!
At the end of Part 1 of my Siuslaw National Forest walk, I left you with a mystery. What is this plant? Can you identify this plant just from its leaves? What do you think I will do with this plant?
Foraging some kinds of plants can be challenging. Some edible plants may look like others that are not worth eating, or even worse -- downright toxic! That's the case with the mystery plant I found in the meadow.
I want to thank @osm0sis and @erikaflynn for their identification of my mystery plant. They make a point about this plant very clearly! @osm0sis thought this plant looked like Borage (Borago officinalis) and @erikaflynn thought it looked like Comfrey (Symphytum spp.). These plants are often confused with the mystery plant, when there are only leaves, but no flowers.
So what did I do with this plant? I left it alone!
For trying to identify my mystery plant, @osm0sis and @erikaflynn each get $1 SBD. Check your wallets!
A Mushroom for Artists!
Walking along the meadow's edge, I saw them... mushrooms! Growing from a dead log, even without any rain for months!
Not Every Edible Plant Is Edible All the Time
I continued around the meadow's edge. And came upon a couple plants that I eat. But in the spring, not the fall. These plants are way too old to eat!
Let's Find A Snack!
I can enjoy a walk without finding something to eat, I swear. But there is a lot of food out there!
One Last Stop
On the way back home, I came across a roadside pull-out with a sign that says "Maximum 5 Gallon Fill". It's a spring!
Thanks for Walking With Me
I'll be continuing my series of travels to parts of western Oregon all through the autumn of 2017. I hope you will join me -- especially if you like mushrooms! Earlier posts in this series are: Escape to the Marine Layer - Part 1 and Part 2. // Saunter in the Siuslaw - Part 1
Thanks to @lyndsaybowes for the #walkwithme tag! And to everyone using that tag! Enjoy your walks!
- Do you have any Foxglove in gardens around you?
- Have you ever seen an Artist's Conk mushroom?
- Have you ever eaten Skunk cabbage?
- Do you like wild blackberries?
- Have you ever eaten a Yellow Transparent apple?
- Do you have any springs near you?
- Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea - not for eating or handling!
- Artist's Conk - Ganoderma applanatum
- Broad-leaf dock - Rumex obtusifolius
- Western skunk cabbage - Lysichiton americanus - special processing required!
- Eastern skunk cabbage - Symplocarpus foetidus - special processing required!
- Himalayan blackberry - Rubus armeniacus
- Apple - Malus domestica
1 - Fatal cardiac glycoside poisoning due to mistaking foxglove for comfrey. Wu et al., 2017. Clinical Toxicology 55(7):670-673.
2- Acute accidental Digitalis intoxication of a whole family due to mistaking foxglove for borage. Maffe et al., 2009. J Cardiovasc Med 10(9):727-32.
3 - Digitalis poisoning: Historical and forensic aspects. Burchell, 1983. J Am. College Cardiology 1(2):506-516.