[pct-l] Poodle Dog Plant - Beware

AsABat AsABat at 4Jeffrey.Net
Fri Feb 29 23:08:33 CST 2008

This usually grows above 6,000 feet IIRC. I know I’ve seen it near McIvers
Cabin in the old burn area, and think I’ve seen it on the rim of Mt.


On Fri, February 29, 2008 12:39 pm, Shutterbug steiner wrote:
>   Below is a news release about a very prevalent wild flower in Sections
> A-E that cause some real dermatoliogical discomfort.  Southern
> California FALL burns and WET winters will even make this plant more
> problematic  and prevelant.
> www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/poodledogbush.html
>   Looking like another GREAT year for wild flowers!
>   SB
>   News Release
>   California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
>   Beware of the flowers
>   Riverside – As many of our local foothill areas continue the natural
> healing process from the fire scars of the last few years, Mother Nature
> is providing a few surprises in the process. One worth mentioning is in
> the colorful Poodle-dog bush, Turricula parryi. This beautiful purple
> flowered plant has populated many of the burned areas from the 2003
> fires and will likewise do so within the areas burned in the fires of
> 2007. Touching this beautiful flowering plant can lead to severe
> dermatitis in many people, typical of that associated with poison oak.
> Symptoms include blistering of the skin, itchy irritated skin and
> swelling. Symptoms may not present themselves for 12-36 hours after
> exposure and no pain is experienced at the time of contact. All contact
> with the plant including touching, smelling flowers, and breathing
> particulate matter should be avoided as you would avoid poison oak.
>   ### END ####
>   Pictures of the plant are available online at:
> www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/poodledogbush.html
>   Contact: Eric Oldar Release Date: 2-5-08
>       Staff Forester
>   CDF – Forest Health Program
>   2524 Mulberry Street
>   Riverside, CA 92501
>   (951) 320-6125

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