Foraging in Forest Park - July 04, 2011

Foraging in Forest Park, Queens. Based on a tour given by "Wildman" Steve Brill. Most pictures were taken with a 90mm equivalent macro lens. Hence all pictures are closeups. Some of the pictures didn't focus well. I had the focus on center weight average and sometimes the camera decided what I was pointing at wasn't the best spot to focus on. It should have been spot focusing.

1: Poorman's pepper.
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2: Pineapple weed.
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3: Hedge mustard.
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4: Red clover.
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5: Red clover.
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6: Wildman telling us what happens when you eat the wrong plant.
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7: Burdock.
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8: Bitter dock.
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9: Bitter dock. The underside of the leaves are not white.
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10: Burdock root.
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11: Burdock. The underside of the leaves are white.
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12: Burdock second year.
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13: Wood sorrel.
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14: Bitter dock with seeds.
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15: Violet. Not on tour.
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16: Russula mushroom. This is faded. Not poisonous, but doesn't taste good.
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17: Wineberries. Ripening very early.
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18: Wineberries. Ripening very early.
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19: Garlic mustard second year.
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20: Garlic mustard seeds. Don't have to grind seeds to use.
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21: Poison ivy.
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22: Berkeley's polypore. Has to be cooked. (1) No gills. (2) Has tiny holes, i.e. pores. (3) Always grows on wood. Has strong smell. Must cook. Not much flavor.
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23: Berkeley's polypore. Someone found a larger one.
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24: Sweet cicely.
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25: Garlic mustard first year.
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26: Black staining polypore. Three weeks too old. (1) Shelf like, (2) Grows on trees. (3) Pores.
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27: Black staining polypore.
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28: Black staining polypore.
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29: Amanita mushroom. Poisonous. Patches on top. Covered by veil. Space inside gills. Wells amaneta account for most poisonings. Has bulb on bottom. Gills are white.
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30: Wellsii amanita or gray amanita.
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31: Wellsii amanita or gray amanita.
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32: Wellsii amanita or gray amanita.
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33: A bird's nest. Young birds would now be gone.
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34: Turkey tail mushroom. Maybe has some chemical good for prostrate cancer.
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35: Black staining polypore. Top part is pinchable, so is edible.
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36: Smooth earth ball.
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37: Smooth earth ball. Hard and black inside. [Inside picture didn't focus, so not included.] Make you throw up.
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38: Common spice bush.
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39: Common spice bush.
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40: Common spice bush.
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41: Slime mold. Not on tour.
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42: Black birch tree. Like wintergreen. Chew twigs.
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43: Black birch tree. Smooth gray bark with horizontal lines.
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44: Unripe blackberries.
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45: Asiatic day flower.
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46: Asiatic day flower. Blooms last one day a year.
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47: Asiatic day flower. Leaves wrap around stem.
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48: Jewelweed. Shallow roots need moist soil.
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49: Jewelweed with flower.
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50: Enchanter's nightshade. Burrs stick to socks and are hard to get off.
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51: Mugwort. Tea made from it is good for PMS.
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52: Greater celandine. Poisonous. Orange sap inside is medicinal. Put sap on worts. Not proven.
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53: Greater celandine. Poisonous.
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54: Greater celandine flower. Poisonous. Is in poppy family. Yellow flower looks like poppy flower.
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55: Sassafras root. Boil it for tea.
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56: Sassafras. All three leaf shapes are visible.
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57: Jewelweed showing that water beeds up little little jewels.
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58: Jewelweed seed pod. Seeds will pop out if you touch the pop. Seeds taste like walnuts.
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59: Chickweed. Chickens love it.
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60: Hobble bush. Edible viburnum, but berries are mostly seed.
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61: Second year burdock flower.
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62: Sweet cicely. Purple stem. Root is good.
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