Dangerous Plants Every Hiker Should Know About

Creator: Nitiesh Kumar

When hiking, it's important to be aware of your surroundings, including the plant life you may encounter. While many plants are harmless, some can be toxic or cause skin irritation.

Recognized by its three shiny green leaves, poison ivy can cause a red, itchy rash in many people upon contact.

Poison Ivy

Found in wet areas, poison sumac can cause a more severe rash than poison ivy or oak. It typically has clusters of seven to thirteen leaves.

Poison Sumac 

These plants have tiny hairs that release a stinging substance when touched, causing skin irritation. Wear long pants and sleeves to avoid contact.

Stinging Nettles

Some cacti have spines or glochids (tiny hair-like spines) that can cause irritation and be painful if touched. Be cautious when navigating through areas with cacti.


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