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How to spot Poison Ivy

Discussion in 'Nature' started by campforums, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    Nobody likes getting a rash and it can really ruin a camping experience so I've compiled a list of things to look for when you see a plant that could be the infamous "poison ivy".

    1. The leaves are grouped together in threes.
    2. Poison Ivy is not poisonous to all animals, if you see an animal eating a plant you cannot rule out the possibility that it is Poison Ivy.
    3. Generally grows along walls, fences and on in shady areas.
    4. In late summer/fall Poison Ivy changes to a red/orange shade however touching the plant can still be harmful.
    5. Poison ivy berries are white or creamish.
  2. Toxique

    Toxique Newbie

    Their was recently some poison ivy found in my backyard, me and my dad were working out there and he caught it real bad.
  3. jacktheking

    jacktheking Newbie

    Can we eat this type of plant?
  4. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    lol, I don't think that would be a wise idea.
  5. Naiwen

    Naiwen Newbie

    good trick eh? bad idea really too.
  6. MrX

    MrX Newbie

    Woa..Thats a good way to check it..and leave alone eating..even touching it is harmful right?
  7. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    Definitely DO NOT eat it! Come on guys, use some common sense.
  8. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    Poison oak is another favorite - as long as it's someone else mistakenly handling it. Particularly if the person getting it is kind of a jerk. Moreso if they thought it'd make a great material for bathroom usage. Heh. Yes I am a bad person.
  9. Norrwen

    Norrwen Newbie

    Hahaha, that made me laugh so hard. Bathroom usage would not be wise...
  10. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    No, no it would not. I still find it funny, but we've already established that I am a bad person. And - I am really okay with that.
  11. wilbo

    wilbo Newbie

    One quick way to tell if it is poison ivy...If you are unsure about the plant's identity, simply rub it all over your body. The effects should be fairly instantaneous. If you break out in a rash, and start itching uncontrollably....CONGRATS!!! you've discovered poison ivy. If nothing happens, don't fret..keep searching! you'll be sure to find it eventually!
  12. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    Are you sure? Because I have been doing this for the last hour or so and nothing has yet occurred. Should I just strip off and start randomly running through the bushes or what? I don't know.
  13. charity

    charity Newbie

    What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak. Do they look the same? I haven't seen either one that I know of.
  14. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    That is an interesting question, and sadly I do not know the answer to it. Honestly anything below a certain height that is pretending to be a kind of ivy is suspect for me - that counts double if it's a funny shade of red or rust color.
  15. Libragirl67

    Libragirl67 Newbie

    We have so many plants in our woods it is hard to spot poison ivy. It looks like such a common plant. But why would you want to eat it? Do you mean the berries? They would probably be poisonous I would think. Either way there is no reason to take the chance.
  16. CampAllDay

    CampAllDay Newbie

    Before i leave for camping i always make sure i bring all types of anti sprays and ointments. Poison Ivy is one of my biggest fears when it comes to camping and i hope nothing major happens if i come in contact with it. I knew a girl who caught an infection after playing with a few poison ivy leaves and she's never touched anything related to leaves again. Including vegetables, haha.
  17. shaneparkins

    shaneparkins Newbie

    Wow as a casual camper and if anyone asked me if I could spot poison Ivy I don't think I could. This has helped thanks. just out of curiosity what would happen if you touched it? would it cause any real harm? I know it can give a rash and there are several jokes out there, but what would happen?
    Shane ;)
  18. Angelle

    Angelle Newbie

    I am glad that I ran into this post because I am going to go camping in an unfamiliar desolate area, and I would like to become aware of this. I have never had poison ivy nor have I ever seen anyone with it. Therefore, I don't know much about it. How does it work? Does one have to rub against it to get it or does one have to inhale it? I think that I will conduct as many researches as I possibly can before my camping trip because I wouldn't want a day of fun to turn into my worst nightmare.
  19. AurelioLeo

    AurelioLeo Newbie

    Poison Ivy has four characteristics that identifies poison ivy. Poison Ivy have clusters of three leaflets, they'll show alternate leaf arrangement, they'll have a lack of thorns, and each group of three leaflets grows on its own stem, which connects to the main vine.
  20. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    @Shane and Angelle

    Poison ivy tends to yield a rash coupled with severe itching. The severity can be greater or less and if you accidently burn poison ivy you have a simply splended chance of dying horribly should you breathe in the smoke. Also introducing poison ivy to any sort of membrane would a rather awful thing to do.
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