What happens if you touch a Gympie-Gympie plant?
The Gympie-Gympie is just as capable of stinging when its leaves are dead. When touched, the tip of the silica hairs can break off. The hairs can become embedded in the skin, which can lead to long-term pain and sensitivity – there are many accounts of people suffering for months from a sting.
How long does Gympie-Gympie last?
The intense throbbing pain from both the sting and from your lymph nodes can last anywhere from 1-4 hours, depending upon what species you touched, the amount of skin that was stung, and how hard you came into contact with the plant.
Is the Gympie-Gympie plant endangered?
The gympie is a stinging shrub that usually grows to about 3–10 feet tall mainly found in the rainforests of Queensland. (It’s considered endangered in New South Wales, but depending on your perspective, it’s not nearly endangered enough.)
Are Gympie-Gympie plants common?
Gympie-Gympie Australia’s stinging trees are mainly found from northern NSW to the Cape York Peninsula and are common in the Atherton Tablelands.
How long does gympie plant sting last?
It is reputed to be the most venomous plant in Australia, if not the world. After contact with the plant the victim will feel an immediate severe burning and stinging at the site of contact, which then intensifies further over the next 20 to 30 minutes and will last from hours to several days before subsiding.
Why does the Gympie-Gympie hurt so much?
The notoriously painful toxin is delivered through tiny hairy filaments that cover the plant’s stems, leaves, and appetizing-looking fruits. The tip of filament has a small bulb containing the neurotoxin, which is easily broken off and sticks into the skin.
What is the world most painful plant?
moroides and D. excelsa. Known colloquially as the gympie gympie (from the Gubbi Gubbi/ Kabi Kabi name for the plant, gimpi gimpi), gympie stinger, and giant stinging tree (D. excelsa), this plant has the dubious honour of being arguably the most painful plant in the world.
Can you eat Gympie?
Humans can eat the juicy fruit of the gympie-gympie, but only if they have taken the time to properly and painstakingly remove every one of its hairs. Then, there are some who have considered using it as a biological weapon.
How long does a Gympie sting last?
After contact with the plant the victim will feel an immediate severe burning and stinging at the site of contact, which then intensifies further over the next 20 to 30 minutes and will last from hours to several days before subsiding.
Why do they call it the suicide plant?
The dendrocnide moroides is a deadly plant common to north-east Australian rainforests. It’s also known as the suicide plant because it has a sting so agonising that it’s said to have made a man kill himself after being stung.