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Ongaonga Nettle
Jan 31st, 2016 at 10:53pm
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Found out about Ongaonga Nettle the hard way while out hunting the Mamaku's yesterday. Fell in to a plant on the rivers edge, felt like I was cover in wasp stings in the beginning, followed by a numb arm and leg which I still have 24 hours later! Nasty stuff. Herd through the grape vine it has killed a few dogs... even people. Something to watch out for next time i think.

  
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Reply #1 - Feb 1st, 2016 at 5:42am
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Had a similar experience in the aorangis recently. nasty stuff indeed. glad i carry some antihistamines. seemed to help the pain at least. the tingling stuck around for a couple of days, especially at night. like how insect bites get itchier when you are trying to go to sleep.
  
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Reply #2 - Feb 1st, 2016 at 8:43am
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My old man lost a couple of pig dogs to Onga Onga after they fought a pig in an area dense with it.

I believe there has been a Human death from it too.

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Reply #3 - Feb 1st, 2016 at 9:22am
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From the Encyclopedia of NZ:

Tree nettle (ongaonga)

Also known by its botanical name, Urtica ferox, this killer plant is well-documented. Like all nettles, it is covered in stinging hairs that put poison into the skin of a person or animal that brushes against it. The plant grows in coastal and regenerating shrublands up to 600 metres above sea level, where it may form dense thickets up to 2 metres tall.

On Boxing Day 1961 two young men hunting in the Ruahine Range stumbled through a patch of tree nettle and received a number of stings on their limbs. Within an hour one of them had difficulty in walking and breathing, and then lost his sight. He died five hours later in hospital. His friend had similar symptoms, but recovered. Although this is the only fatal incident on record, a number of people have been very ill for two to three days after being stung.

  

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Reply #4 - Feb 1st, 2016 at 11:22pm
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As the Pohangina River, and the mid level track to Mid Po is getting some coverage on another thread, I vaguely remember that some of the biggest stinging nettle trees I have ever had the misfortune to bump into were part way along that track. Nasty nasty stuff. Tongue
  
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Reply #5 - Feb 4th, 2016 at 4:49am
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round up fixes it Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
been stung a few times with the big stuff, pleased the stuff we have down here in the south is only babies by comparison,have seen dogs crook even with our wee stuff. Cry
  
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Reply #6 - Feb 4th, 2016 at 7:31am
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Willie, next time you meet this plant, liberally rub saliva into the stung area, this will dilute the toxin. It makes a big difference.
  
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Reply #7 - Feb 4th, 2016 at 6:41pm
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We used to rub dock leaves on the stings when we were kids. Not sure if it worked though, but  that's what people used to do.
  

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Re: Ongaonga Nettle
Reply #8 - Feb 5th, 2016 at 12:42am
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where i work every bit off bush has the shit in it.the worst off ever seen it so thick you can even crawl under it.doesnt take much to get stung even through your pants etc.they just about lost a horse from it and dogs. one was out off action  for three months
its at its worst around nov- jan ive found.
  
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Reply #9 - Feb 5th, 2016 at 3:37am
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BC wrote on Feb 4th, 2016 at 6:41pm:
We used to rub dock leaves on the stings when we were kids. Not sure if it worked though, but  that's what people used to do.


Yep, singe the dock leaves with a lighter and squash the leaf and then rub it on the effected area
  
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Re: Ongaonga Nettle
Reply #10 - Dec 18th, 2016 at 8:53pm
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TJ wrote on Feb 5th, 2016 at 3:37am:
BC wrote on Feb 4th, 2016 at 6:41pm:
We used to rub dock leaves on the stings when we were kids. Not sure if it worked though, but  that's what people used to do.


Yep, singe the dock leaves with a lighter and squash the leaf and then rub it on the effected area


Dock leaves?  come across Ongaonga a few times but was aware of it and gave it a very wide berth. at least it looks dodgy with the white spikes, took me a few times getting hopelessly tangled in bush lawyer before that plant instantly registered in my mind as an asshole.
  
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Reply #11 - Dec 18th, 2016 at 9:59pm
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Fox Glove also great for nettle. crunch some leaves and rub on the effected area.
  
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Reply #12 - Dec 21st, 2016 at 6:24pm
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That's worth remembering. Heaps round here but more foxglove than dock. Shit of a stuff.
  
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Reply #13 - Dec 24th, 2016 at 12:22am
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Seen two dogs die from that stuff - both GSP's and both collapsed and were dead by the time we got them to the vet.
Also had a mate I hunted with hospitalised after he dragged a deer he shot out of the stuff - came out with huge water blisters/bladders hanging of him and we sat him in the creek to try and ease his pain - didn't know what else to do.
Haven't seen it in years - it doesn't grow around where I mostly hang out these days.
Do remember reading years ago the toxin is similar to spider or snake venom - one or the other, can't remember.
I also know it can hurt for a week.
  
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Reply #14 - Dec 26th, 2016 at 4:51pm
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A guy from work wants me to get him a small plant of this home so he can plant it.

He said by touching it on on his hand joints it fixes his arthritis for a few days!!
  

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