The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

North and South Carolina low country, 2007

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Finger rot:
Back at Mark's car, we took a fun ferry ride across the Cape Fear River. Mark then led me on a tour of sites near the town of Boiling Spring Lakes.

Along the way we found this most excellent plant, which I had seen on many previous trips but had never found time to photograph. It is called Cnidoscolus urens, and is covered with hollow spines that are connected to venom glands on the leaf surface. Brush the plant, and it pumps toxin right into your flesh!

Common names for the plant include finger rot, tread-softly, and devil nettle!

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©Barry Rice, 2005