"Horror plant" causes 3rd degree burns, blindness spreading in upstate NY

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  1. mak00

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  2. Deplorable Me

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    Hogweed has been a problem for a few years in East Aurora, Elma, Marilla, Wales. The local towns put out notice. It grows right by the road side.

    I've always been a fan of wearing long sleeves and long pants when bushwhacking, even in the summer.
     
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  3. @thewheels

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    Those reactions are crazy.
    Is it possible to be immune to the sap? I could swear I used to hack that stuff up with a machete and bare hands as a kid out in the fields and woods behind my parents place. Maybe there's a plant that looks similar.
     
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  4. Celt

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    my wife was just talking about this plant a week or two ago and we looked up all this info to warn the kids. Thankfully there arent many near us, but there are plants down here. cant believe you can go blind from these damn things.
     
  5. Carlos Hathcock

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    Other things cause blindness...at least that's what I hear.
     
  6. togmaster

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    Yup,the same thing causes hair to grow on your palms too.
     
  7. Karpteach

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    NoT True! I would be blind three times over and look like cousin It!!!
     
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  8. ManrisFrack

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    Giant Hogweed Identification - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    Wild (cow) parsnip looks very similar but is smaller.
     
  9. Greywolf224

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    ULSTER county looks to be safe. Keep this crap up in your neck of NY.:evil:
     
  10. @thewheels

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  11. E the massive

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    Same here. Got it bordering the lawn/woods. Same looking flowers just allot smaller. Think it's "Queen Anne's lace".
     
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  12. GOYABEAN

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    :D just don't smoke it and you should be good to go :hookah:
     
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  13. Robin

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    I've seen it in Hemlock, just off 15A.
    Robin
     
  14. Celt

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    It must be a myth or id be legally blind.
     
  15. Podmonkey

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    Transplant it all in NYC then.
     
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  16. Acer-m14

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    this is what happens to people and kids that spend all there time on xbox or phone ..
    there not out in the mud and have no immune system ..
     
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  17. 12GA

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    I was camping and fly fishing in Allegheny County two weeks ago and there was a lot of this around but I was informed by DEC this was not Hogweed. Did my best to steer clear of it nonetheless.
     

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  18. mak00

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    Never heard of this plant until this article. Glad I read it & will be keeping my distance from it.
     
  19. BDinPutnam

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    You guys just gave me a great excuse to avoid weedeating the driveway, lol.
     
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  20. thegatman

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    Queen’s Ann Lace looks similar. It is related to the carrot.
     
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  21. 1075tech

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    I get nearly the same reactions from poison ivy. I don't even have to touch it directly. If it was growing in a field that is now a construction site, I'll get a rash just from the contact with the dirt or even if the dust is blowing my way. Touching it results in huge, weeping blisters. I can't imagine what hogweed would do for me.
     
  22. Doc8404

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    As I was pulling QAL today, I was like “WTF. Hope this isn’t GHw.”
     
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  24. Acer-m14

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    i think thats rag weed .. nothing to worrie about ..

    what worse .. hog weed or Maxine Waters ... if you find some .. never mind lol
     
  25. MuttCat

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    Hog weed and wild parsnip are bad news and anybody who may come in contact with either should learn to recognize both. Yes, there are other plants that are safe that look similar...best to avoid altogether. Interesting that the wild parsnip is the same parsnip in the grocery store.
     
  26. Toecutter

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    What out for this one as well stay away and call the authorities immediately.
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  27. Bushmaster

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    Few years back that stuff was all over the place in one area of Wayne County NY, think it was in Macedon, or Palmyra.
     
  28. Catskillkid

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    Not quite true. My organization found a small infestation just outside of Woodstock. In fact there are pictures of me standing next to it for scale (that crap was big!). It was eradicated by DEC. But if it was there I'm sure it was in other places too.
     
  29. I think you might be thinking of Queen Ann's lace.
     
  30. Criticalt

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    As mentioned, there are plants that look the same.
    If you see an adult Giant Hogweed, you will not mistake it for anything else.
    You will instantly say, "what the hell is that??".
    It is enormous and looks like its from another planet.
    The leaves are 20x bigger than anything native.
    A couple years ago we found a few on the Jamestown Audubon public trails in Chautauqua Co.
     
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