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Old May 2, 2012, 11:21 am   #1
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Question What plant is this?

I came across this plant in mostly Oak woodland. It has a white woody stalk and a top similar to asparagus, but more open and the "leaves" are flat. They are about 3" - 5" tall. The photo is attached.

I am asking because I stupidly picked one for closer examination, and about 10 minutes later I was REALLY sick. Contact poisoning? It passed in about 30 minutes.

Thank you! And yes, I will NEVER pick another plant without knowing the species first.
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Old May 2, 2012, 4:28 pm   #2
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Re: What plant is this?

The picture looks like squaw root but doesn't seem to
to match your description.
They don't really have leaves that I know of.
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Old May 4, 2012, 10:38 am   #3
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Re: What plant is this?

I agree... squawroot. While it has some medicinal properties I doubt that it would have made you sick strictly through contact unless you happen to be that allergic to it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conopholis_americana
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Old May 6, 2012, 11:13 pm   #4
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Re: What plant is this?

I see lots of Squawroot in the woods, but am not sure if morels associate with it. I did find two morels growing near some though.
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