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While Doing Research
Flower person
While doing a little research for some writing, I came across this link:


Having read this, I'm prepared to make a blanket guess about fungi in the Arunta's traditional lands.

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! Thanks for sharing the link, I've been curious about wild edibles for a while now.

I think with fungi the answer is: unless you know exactly hat it is, don't.

And if it grows near an oak tree in Canberra, Victoria, or Adelaide, really don't.

haha yes. In my case, there's also the added complication of "What's an oak? I've heard of those, some sort of tree thing right??" :p

A European tree - I suspect that they are more easily identified than the mushrooms. :)

Various parts of North America have a variety of oak trees as well, some of which are native (and some introduced, though I don't think any are considered invasive). I think their most distinctive feature is their nut, called an acorn, which across all the varieties I know has a scaled cap (where the stem attaches) on smooth oblong nutshell with a point at the bottom. Google images will offer lots of pictures. Even when there aren't acorns on the trees, there will often be lots of acorn shells under them, though squirrels and other critters also spread them widely. Many oak leaves are also quite distinctive, with two major groupings that have either rounded ("white oaks") or pointed ("red oaks") lobes in a layout uncommon enough that other plants with similar leaves are often called "oak-leafed" (ex: oak leaf hydrangea), but there are also some oaks with unlobed leaves that don't read immediately as oak trees.

... halping! :)

Edited at 2017-04-03 04:11 am (UTC)

My blanket guess about that particular class of fungi is that whatever they had, most of them were both hallucinogenic and toxic.

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