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    Poison parsnip causes severe burns, blisters on woman's legs

    That's the title of the article. The incident took place in Vermont.

    It talks about an 'invasive species' of 'poison parsnip'. Not sure this was Hogweed, or cow parsnip, but in any case, be aware of what these plants look like and avoid them, as you would poison ivy.

    Cow Parsnip pics

    Hogweed pics

    The big difference to me is the sheer size of the Hogweed.

    Full article https://www.yahoo.com/news/poison-pa...152007184.html

    Edit: Maybe a good time to download a plant ID App...
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    This came up a while ago too at Dry River Shelter #2.

    http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthrea...iver-Shelter-2
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    The pictures of this incident on FB were pretty nasty looking. I have had severe Poison Ivy incidents but this stuff makes that look tame. Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rankin View Post

    The big difference to me is the sheer size of the Hogweed.

    Full article https://www.yahoo.com/news/poison-pa...152007184.html
    And the bright yellow flowers of poison parsnip compared to the white of hogweed and cow parsnip.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsnip

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    Cow Parsnip has white flowers. This is a photo of one on Jefferson Notch Rd (photo took about a week ago).

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    A few years ago itt took me a while to discover why each spring i developed those pussy itchy blisters after working in the yard (though not as severe as those on that woman). I know what poison ivy looks like and did not ever notice any of that, so I was mystified. Then I learned that what I had was called "weed whackers dermatitis" and where it came from. Since then I have been at war with the easy to identify wild parsnip plant, to ensure that none of it reproducing on my land, even though it grows in great abundance on nearby roadsides. So far so good. Roundup is wonderful stuff (given proper precautions). So is a sharp shovel slicing below ground level.

    https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/105364.html
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