By: M. Halyard
For the amateur wild mushroom hunter, an illustrated Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms may not be adequate protection against falsely identifying poisonous fungi as safe for human consumption. There are a few very poisonous mushrooms that account for almost all of the poisoning deaths from...
Plant profiles: Dwarf ginseng
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The scientific name of Dwarf Ginseng is Panax trifolius. Dwarf Ginseng is a perennial (a plant that can live for more than two years) that can grow up to twenty centimeters or eight inches in height. It is also know as a ground nut. The...
Plant profiles: Northern bayberry
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Northern Bayberry is a member of the Myrica, a genus of about thirty five to fifty species of small trees and shrubs that are native to the eastern areas of North America from Newfoundland west to Ontario and Ohio and as far south as...
Plant profiles: Skunk cabbage
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
Just as the name indicates, Skunk Cabbage is quite smelly. It prefers to grow in wetlands and is low to the ground. There are several commonly know names for this interesting plant. They include Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Foetid Pothos, Clumpfoot Cabbage, Polecat Weed and Swamp...
By: Jude Barton
There is no way to quickly identify edible mushrooms except to follow a best practices protocol to identify all mushrooms that you are considering for consumption. There are thousands of mushrooms each with their own characteristics and attributes. Edible mushrooms can only be determined by...
Plant profiles: Giant hogweed
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Giant Hogweed is considered a noxious weed. Its scientific name is Heracleum mantegazzianum. It lives in Washington State. It is considered noxious because of its potential to take over other plant life and negatively impact the state of Washington's resources. It is a requirements...
Plant profiles: Desert chicory
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Desert Chicory is a plant that grows and thrives in desert habitats. It is a member of the sunflower family or Asteraceae, It survives in the Mojave and the Sonora deserts. Its range is from California to southern Texas to the tip of west...
Plant profiles: Creeping cucumber
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Creeping cucumber is from the vine family Cucurbitaceae. It is also known by the name Guadeloupe cucumber and has several scientific names including Melothria nashii, Melothria nigra, Melothria guadalupensis, Melothria microcarpa, Melothria fluminenses, and Melothria edulis among others. The Creeping cucumber is a perennial...
Plant profiles: Wild ginger
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
Wild ginger is a herbaceous plant. The scientific classification is Asarum canadense. It is a perennial. The Wild ginger plant can reach a height of twelve inches. It is a member of the birthwort family. There are two dark green leaves that are shaped like...
Plant profiles: Partridgeberry
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Partridgeberry is a member of the Madder Family. It is a member of the genus Mitchelia which came from the name John Mitchell who was a doctor that developed a way to treat yellow fever. Eastern North America from Newfoundland to Ontario and Minnesota...

 

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