Although many people may have heard to search for the cure in the Cunjevoi plant commonly found nearby, Hugh says rubbing the sap of this plant on the affected area is ineffective and may even make the pain worse.
One may also ask, can you eat Gympie Gympie?
Gympie gympie has bright pink or purple, juicy fruit located under terminal leaves. Fruit is edible, but only after careful removal of the hairs. Each fruit contains one seed that is located on the surface of the fruit.
Accordingly, is there an antidote for Gympie Gympie?
At the moment, there is no antidote for a gympie sting. Doctors advise victims not to rub the stung area since this can break the hairs even more causing them to spread further in the skin. Pouring a 1:10 solution of diluted hydrochloric acid over the sting can also help a bit with the pain.
What does a Gympie mean in Aboriginal?
It is now widely accepted that Gympie, officially named in 1868, is a local Aboriginal word – “gimpi gimpi” – for a stinging tree. There was a time prior to 1868 when the town was known as Nashville after James Nash who discovered gold and “saved Queensland”.
The stinging leaves trigger an intense allergic reaction in its victims, sometimes even causing anaphylactic shock. The sting can cause excruciating, debilitating pain for months; people have variously described it as feeling like they are being burned by acid, electrocuted, or squashed by giant hands.
Gympie is famous for its gold field. It contains a number of historic buildings registered on the Queensland Heritage Register.
The most commonly known (and most painful) species is Dendrocnide moroides (Family Urticaceae), first named “gympie bush” by gold miners near the town of Gympie in the 1860s. My first sting was from a different species Dendrocnide photinophylla (the shiny-leaf stinging tree).
Also known as ‘devil’s berries’ or ‘death cherries’, the deadly nightshade plant and its berries are very poisonous and contain tropane alkaloids that cause hysteria, hallucinations, erratic behaviour and delirium. The tree grows to about one metre tall.
- the most important thing is that you do not rub the area, as this can break off the hairs and make them very difficult to remove.
- remove visible hairs with tweezers.
- apply and remove adhesive tape or hair-removal wax strip to the area to remove the finer hairs.
Typical leaf from a stinging bush found in eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Known as Gympie-gympie in Australia and salat in Papua New Guinea, contact with this leaf can result in human death, more often extreme pain that can last for months. Stinging hairs deliver a potent neurotoxin when touched.