Found in North America and Europe, the “strawberries and cream” fungus, known affectionately to scientists as Hydnellum peckii or the Bleeding Tooth Fungus, is a fungus that looks like a delicious, sweet treat. When young, this organism excretes a red fluid that looks like blood giving the Bleeding Tooth Fungus its unique creamy-dotted appearance.
Oleander – how to identify this poisonous plant and diagnose/treat poisoning.
The poisonous Oleander shrub (or small tree) grows to about 9 meters (27 feet), with alternate, very straight, thick, leathery, dark green, long (2-8 inches), narrow (1 inch), lance-shaped leaves.
Wild fig – how to identify figs and prepare for food
Collectively known as “fig trees” or “figs”, there are nearly 1,000 species of Ficus ranging from woody trees to shrubs and vines.
Water plantain – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.
About Water plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica) The Water-plantain plant, also known as Mad-dog weed, has small, white flowers and heart-shaped leaves with pointed tips. It has a fibrous root and several long-stemmed leaves with a triangular shaped stem. The leaves are clustered at the base of the plant. The plant produces many small white or pale…
Pine trees – pine provides a bounty of uses in survival situations.
Pine trees are easily recognized by their needle-like leaves grouped in bundles. Each bundle may contain one to five needles, the number varying among species. They are a resinous tree growing up to 250 feet tall. The tree’s odor and sticky sap provide a simple way to distinguish pines from similar looking trees with needle-like…
Oak trees – the many uses of oak in a survival situation (yes, it’s even edible).
Oak tree (Quercus species) Oak trees have alternate leaves and edible acorn fruits. The leaves of the Oak may have serrated edges or may have smooth edges. The flowers are catkins produced in the Spring season. The fruit is a nut called an acorn. It is held in a cup-like structure with each acorn containing…
Nettle – this prickly plant is edible (and nutritious), and its fibers can be used to weave string or twine
Nettle plants can grow several feet high and sometimes grow as shrubs. The leaves and stalks are arranged across opposite sides of the stem.
Mulberry – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.
How to identify Mulberry trees (Morus species) The Mulberry tree has alternate, simple, often lobed leaves with rough surfaces. The tree rarely grows over 33-49 feet tall. The leaves are alternately arranged, simple, often lobed, and serrated on the edges, and typically rough on top. The flowers are held on short, green nondescript catkins. Its…
Iceland moss – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.
The edible Iceland moss grows only a few inches high. Its color may be gray, white, pale chestnut, or even reddish. It grows to a height of 3 to 4 inches with branches rolled into tubes which terminate in flattened lobes with fringed edges.
Hazelnut or wild filbert – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.
Hazelnuts grow on bushes (called Hazels) 1.8 to 3.6 meters (6 to 12 feet) high with a crown spread of 10 to 15 feet. One species in Turkey and another in China are large trees.