Off Topic San Marcos Growers - Regnellidium

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 04:40:12 PST

On 05/01/2012, at 8:19 PM, Shelley Gage <> wrote:

> I googled this fern and was interested to see it is related to the Australian nardoo 

I thought I recognized it I'n the Nardoo family..some might find this interesting. Hope my primary school memories are up to scratch today.

These little floating ferns are highly toxic, & Nardoo is famous for the roll that it played during the expedition of Burke & Wills, across unexplored Australia from Melbourne to The Gulf of Carpinteria I'n the far north from memory.  

When they were exhausted & overwhelmed by starvation they observed the Aborigines, painstakingly processing the Nardoo's Sporocarps, to reduce levels of Thiamiase, a vitamin B depleting toxin. Desperation & lack of processing by leaching I'n water properly, was most likely the final straw. Burke & Wills died soon after encountering this toxic plant as a food source.


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