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    Canadmos
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    Tonight, while out on a ride, I wandered off the trail to scope out some fallen trees for a couple new log rides (which will be amazing, once I manage to find my rakes and shovels in the forest..lol). Part way through my bushwacking, it dawned on me that I had absolutely no idea what I was walking through.

    I’ve been reading about wild oak and other stuff, but I don’t know what it is or what it looks like. Is there a website that clearly depicts what some of the poisonous plants are around this area? People always say that poison ivy has three leaves and whatnot, but so do a lot of other plants..

    Thanks to anyone that can post some pictures or anything that will help.

    #650225

    Nick Boers
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    Google and Wiki are your friend, and can also turn into an incredible time suck.

    Awesome log rides can also be a time suck, in a good way.

    Tending to nasty rashes, the bad kind of time suck.

    #650224

    Trailhead
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    Around here it’s Poison Ivy and Poison Oak that make the most trouble. Google (images) it. We have the occasional Giant Hogweed as well. They’re the nastiest by far but, very rare.

    #650230

    SkidVicious
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    re: hogweed: didnt see any in the don, but there’s tons of it in the humber, in one patch of trail north of eglinton, i saw about 6 plants, about 5-6 feet high. Scott’s been notified thanks to Cracker.

    poison ivy has no effect on me, so can’t say that I care about that one. poison oak is a shrub, and poison sumac is found in shrub and tree form (theres poison sumac in the don), they all produce urushiol, which hogweed does not. poison ivy is not only on the ground, but it can grow into a shrub and there are strains that climb trees (hairy vines). of the three, the sumac is the worst.

    never burn any of this stuff, it gets in your lungs and can cause death.

    if you’re sure you got it on you, find a river or creek bank or even culvert and look for jewelweed, crush the fresh stems and apply…its pretty common and it will cure the rash within a day or two. cortisol takes weeks to clear it up, but since doctors aren’t allowed give natural cures, most will not have even heard of jewelweed (in the states a doctor will lose their medical license for telling a patient of a natural cure, a study was published on jewelweed which the first peoples have used for centuries if not millenia to get rid of the rash in the 60’s proving its effectiveness).

    #650231

    sumskillz
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    Stinging nettle…usually causes me to freak out thinking I have a fire ant on me. Feels similar to an ant bite at first. I really hate those ants.

    15% of people don’t get a reaction to poison ivy, who wants to test to see if they are in that cohort?

    #650229

    Nick Boers
    Participant

    @sumskillz wrote:

    15% of people don’t get a reaction to poison ivy, who wants to test to see if they are in that cohort?

    It’s nice to be in that 15% 😀

    #650232

    dan
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    Poison Ivy and Poison Oak do reside in the valley, but not in huge swaths like in some places up north.

    The only poisonous plant that exists in large quantities in the Lower Don is Stinging Nettle. It likes to grow in clay-bearing soils close to water with lots of light. Riding the river-side trail later in the summer can be hazardous because of it.

    Dan

    #650233

    Whynot
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    @dan wrote:

    Poison Ivy and Poison Oak do reside in the valley, but not in huge swaths like in some places up north.

    The only poisonous plant that exists in large quantities in the Lower Don is Stinging Nettle. It likes to grow in clay-bearing soils close to water with lots of light. Riding the river-side trail later in the summer can be hazardous because of it.

    Dan

    Bingo, the valley is full of Nettle and, depending on your personal tolerance, can be much more irritating that Ivy or Oak.

    Nettle is easy to spot, jagged sawtooth-like edges on an elongated pear shapre leaf.:

    #650234

    singlesprocket
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    @sumskillz wrote:

    Stinging nettle…usually causes me to freak out thinking I have a fire ant on me. Feels similar to an ant bite at first. I really hate those ants.

    15% of people don’t get a reaction to poison ivy, who wants to test to see if they are in that cohort?

    stinging nettle also has medical properties

    http://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/stinging-nettle-herb.html

    #650222

    Jeremy Lavigne
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    I used to think I had a good tolerance to poison ivy until I went through a good patch with my weed wacker while wearing shorts and a t shirt.It was pretty itchy and left a rash but nothing like some of the crazy reactions i have seen.I would say the nettle is your problem if the reaction was fast.Poison ivy took a few days before it really started to suck.In regards to the poison summach…If you cook food over an open fire with ps as your fuel you can expect a trip to the hospital..

    #650228

    singlesprocket
    Participant

    you have to watch out for cow parsnip also.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow_Parsnip

    #650227

    bootjamesout
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    Poisonous Greenery

    I find it’s best to just walk the bike over them to bend them back, once a week.

    #650226

    bootjamesout
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    Poisonous Greenery

    I wonder what the role of those plants, beside sticking on you or cutting the skin up.

    #650223

    micah356
    Participant

    I got some pretty nasty stuff, probably on the Tuesday ride two weeks ago. On the lower quarter of both of my legs, got nasty blisters, and also had an infected cut in the same place. I’m wearing high socks from now on!

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