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.
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Oldest human footprints in North America identified -10,500-year-old footprints smash record
In 1961, during a highway construction project in northeastern Mexico, less than 200 miles from the Texas border, a pair of tracks, one left and one right, were uncovered in the Chihuahuan Desert. The tracks were excavated and taken to a local museum (Saltillo’s Museo del Desierto) for study. Now, over 50 years later, researchers…
All about the Cottonmouth snake – how to identify, avoid their habitat, and treat a Water Moccasin bite.
Also known as water moccasin, swamp moccasin or black moccasin. Cottonmouth snake colors are highly variable. Adults are uniformly olive brown or black with a distinctive white or yellowish-white mouth (which they display when threatened). The young and subadults are strongly crossbanded with dark brown, sometimes even copper colored.
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.
The Poisonous Death camas (death lily) plant looks like an onion.
The poisonous Death Camas (or Meadow Deathcamas) plant arises from a bulb and may be mistaken for an onion plant. Its leaves are long and grass-like. The bulbs look like onions but do not smell like onions.
Chinaberry tree – how to identify this poisonous plant and diagnose/treat Chinaberry poisoning.
The poisonous Chinaberry tree (also known as bead-tree, Persian lilac, white cedar, Texas umbrella, pride of India, or Cape lilac) has a round, spreading crown and grows up to 14 meters (42 feet) tall. It has alternate, compound (odd-pinnate) leaves with toothed (serrated margins) leaflets that are dark green on top and light green underneath.
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…
Water lily – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.
Water Lily plants, also known as Beaver Root, are aquatic plants that are rooted in the mud from branched roots with long stems and have large, round (typically notched) leaves that float on the surface of the water.
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…