Re: Tenderfoot poisonous plant requirement
Bob Gerrish (u-rpg@NTA.COM)
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 08:05:46 -0700
On Thu, 1 Jun 1995, Dean Hayes wrote:
> I am having some problems understanding the following tenderfoot requirement:
> 10. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to t
> The requirement doesn't state it, but everything in the handbook refers
> to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumack (Plants which are poisonous
> on contact). I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years and
> have never seen any of these three plants (I've heard of Poison Oak may
> be found near the coast)
> Perhaps someone in the Seattle area could point out locations where
> Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumack can be found in the Cascade Mountains.
I have heard that Poison Oak/Ivy DOES exist in Western Washington. I
haven't personally seen it myself except in Eastern Washington. (BTW:
The teacher I had 20 years ago at Centralia College who was one of the
area's leading botanists. He contended that they were both the same plant.
He showed us a patch that had poison ivy on one end, poison oak at the
other end and a mixture in the middle. The main difference in the
botanical description in our region is the height.)
The only other plant in the area that could be considered a "contact"
poisoness plant would be stinging nettles.
I would imagine that ingested poisoness plants would work for most of
the 10. These could include things like poison water hemlock, death
camas, and poison hemlock. If I had the book in front of me that I am
about to mention, I could tell you the posible range for poision ivy, but
it's at home and I'm at work.
I would recommend the following book that was just published last fall:
"Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast - Washington, Oregon,
British Columbia & Alaska" by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon,
Copyright 1994 by the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine
Published by Lone Pine Publishing
#180, 16149 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
It is available through the University of Washington book store
for $19.95. This is an excellent book with ethonobotanical uses and
comments about edibility and poisoness properties. It contains pictures;
keys that are not necessary because of the excellent quality of the
pictures and a large bibliography.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City