Plants in Deciduous Forests
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Deciduous forest flora consists of flowering plants and ferns
The lady fern plants in deciduous forest grow wild and the roots can be ground to dust and then added to water. This plant, which grows in the under story of the forest, is used as a healing remedy, but can also be used to sooth aches and pains.
Note: overdoses of lady ferns can cause weakness and in some severe cases, blindness.
When you are looking for other plants in deciduous forests that are edible, the puffball mushroom is a perfect example and can be found in almost every forest. You can eat the mushroom, which has a firm white inside. Again, a good manual with color photos will come in handy so that you can make sure you are eating the right kind of mushroom, as some are deadly.
The edible plants in deciduous forests need to be inspected before eating for any kind of bugs. When you test a plant for edibility, you need to take a very tiny nibble to ensure you have a taste. However, do not swallow, instead spit it out. Now wait to see if you feel any adverse affects, such as tingling, numbness, bitterness, excessive watering of the mouth. If any of those symptoms appear, that plant goes on the do not eat list.
Birds are a good indication of what plants are edible.
Forest plants can confuse the average hiker. More experienced hikers know the difference between the poisonous plants and edible plants. That is why it you should carry a survival handbook with pictures to compare plants .
Another deciduous forest plant worth mentioning is the American Beech which has nuts that fall to the ground and are edible for both animals as well as humans. The nuts are nutritious and can provide protein that you will need to survive if you are lost in the forest.
The Shagbark hickory is another nut-producing tree in the wilderness. The flowers grow in clusters on these plants in deciduous forest and the nuts fall to the ground floor when ready to eat. The nuts are another way to obtain protein to survive the forest. Once you make your way through the husk, you will have sweet tasting flavor.