giant bird's nest
A scary looking reddish brown, sometimes purple stalk with no leaves covered with drooping downward-pointing white-golden bell-shaped flowers. Doesn’t look edible, but it is. No chlorophyll- it gets it’s nutrients from decaying matter like mushrooms do. The stems and berries are astringent, disinfectant and homeostatic. Tea used traditionally to stop bleeding from nose, lungs, also gonorrhea.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz