| Arrow arum, Peltandra virginica L.,
provided me a scare. I was filming in Painter marsh, on
camera. The camera was running by itself on remote. I had a piece
of edible duck potato in one hand and a piece of toxic arrow arum in the
I was making a distinction between the two. After filming
several "takes" on camera, I popped what I thought was the
duck potato in my mouth...Oops, wrong hand! (Continued below left)
(next click picture)
|That night I rolled out of bed with stomach cramps, cold sweat and a heart leaping from my chest. My breathing was irregular. I staggered out to the porch, fell to my kneesand concentrated on controlling my run away heart. I slowed my breathing, got it deeper and survived the crisis. Three days of Mylanta and the event was over. More poisonous plants.|
Pickeralweed leaf, left (with seeds before sheath
of seed capsule forms) over them. Below left arrow arum leaf.
Check out the differences.
Note: The veins from pickeralweed (left) start from the base whereas the leaf veins from arrow arum (below left) start from the mid-vein and course to the margin of the leaf.
Arrow arum leaves are toxic, pickeralweed leaves are edible as they unfurl in the spring, under water.