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10. Poisonous plants
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18. Field-expedient direction finding
19. Signaling techniques
20. Survival movement in hostile areas
21. Camouflage
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23. Survival in man-made hazards

A. Survival kits
B. Edible and medicinal plants
C. Poisonous plants
D. Dangerous insects and arachnids
E. Poisonous snakes and lizards
F. Dangerous fish and mollusks
G. Clouds: foretellers of weather
H. Contingency plan of action format

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Poison sumac

Poison sumac
Toxicodendron vernix
Cashew (Anacardiacese) Family


Description: Poison sumac is a shrub that grows to 8.5 meters tall. It has alternate, pinnately compound leafstalks with 7 to 13 leaflets. Flowers are greenish-yellow and inconspicuous and are followed by white or pale yellow berries.

CAUTION

All parts can cause serious contact dermatitis at all times of the year.

Habitat and Distribution: Poison sumac grows only in wet, acid swamps in North America.

 

Renghas tree, rengas tree, marking nut, black-varnish tree
Gluta
Cashew (Anacardiacese) Family


Description: This family comprises about 48 species of trees or shrubs with alternating leaves in terminal or axillary panicles. Flowers are similar to those of poison ivy and oak.

CAUTION

Can cause contact dermatitis similar to poison ivy and oak.

Habitat and Distribution: India, east to Southeast Asia.

For information on a specific poisonous plant, click on one of the links below:

  - Castor bean, castor-oil plant, palma Christi
  - Chinaberry
  - Cowhage, cowage, cowitch
  - Death camas, death lily
  - Lantana
  - Manchineel
  - Oleander
  - Pangi
  - Physic nut
  - Poison hemlock, fool's parsley
  - Poison ivy and poison oak
  - Poison sumac
  - Rosary pea or crab's eyes
  - Strychnine tree
  - Trumpet vine or trumpet creeper
  - Water hemlock or spotted cowbane


Poisonous plants



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