Saturday Quiz – Poisonous Pairs

Title Photo by By Benny Trapp - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12570624

Dear Readers, there are lots of things out there that are poisonous – in other words, if you eat them they will make you ill. The beautiful adder in the photo above isn’t poisonous, but it is venomous (though it’s only likely to be dangerous if you stand on it in your stockinged feet). Have a look at the pairs of photos below. Which one is poisonous, and which one isn’t? One mark for correctly identifying the toxic one out of the pair, with a further two marks up for grabs if you can identify the plants and fungi shown.

I will publish the answers and the scores next Friday (19th March) so get your answers into the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Thursday 18th March if you want to be marked. I will unapprove any answers in the comments so that the people who come afterwards aren’t influenced but I’m not always notified by the system instantly, so you might want to write your answers down first and stick to them if you don’t want to be swayed by other people.

Onwards!

  1. Which of these berries is poisonous, a) or b)?
Photo 1 a by Karelj, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

1) a)

1) b)

2) Beautiful fungi, but which can you eat and which will kill you?

Photo 2)a) by Björn S..., CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

2) a)

Photo 2)b) by Quartl, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

2) b)

3) Two pretty yellow shrubs, but which one could make you sorry that you ever saw it?

Photo 3) a) by CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=484033

3) a)

Photo 3) b) by PaleCloudedWhite, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

3) b)

4) Bulbs, eh. But which one wouldn’t you want to mistake for an onion?

Photo 4) a) by Dvortygirl, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

4) a)

Photo 4) b) by Ɱ, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

4) b)

5) One of these is edible. One of them will kill you. But can you tell which is which?

Photo 5) a) by Peter O'Connor aka anemoneprojectors from Stevenage, United Kingdom, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

5) a)

Photo 5) b) by Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

5) b)

6) Common in gardens, but rare in the wild. One of these is sometimes known as the most poisonous wild plant in Britain, but which one?

Photo 6) a) by By Ivar Leidus - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 ee, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26560960

6) a)

Photo 6) b) by Wattewyl (talk), CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

6) b)

7) Lovely green leaves, but which are edible?

Photo 7) a) by Guido Gerding, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

7) a)

Photo 7) b) by Dinkum, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

7) b)

8) Pretty as a picture, but which one is poisonous?

Photo 8) a) by Evelyn Simak / Common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) - detail of flower

8) a)

Photo 8) b) by Hectonichus, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

8) b)

9) Even some of our commonest weeds are poisonous, but which ones?

Photo 9) a) by Ian Cunliffe / Greater Celandine - Chelidonium majus

9) a)

Photo 9) b) by Photo by David J. Stang, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

9) b)

10) And finally, it’s sometimes the sap that will harm you, especially if you get it in your eye. Always be extra careful after handling which of these plants?

Photo 10) a) by By Sphl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=790345

10) a)

Photo 10 b) by Greg Hume, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

10) b)

 

 

 

 

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