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Re: Harmful Fungus in Sphagnum Moss?

  • Subject: Re: Harmful Fungus in Sphagnum Moss?
  • From: Aroideae@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 15:11:10 -0500 (CDT)

hi don,

yes, there is definitely a fungus associated with sphagnum moss that can
enter the body through wounds or cuts on the hands and under fingernails. it
can also be inhaled and affect the respiratory system.  orchid grower are
very familiar with it.  it has a name, but i can't remember it.  you might
search the american orchid society website and, since you're in miami,
contact some department of tropical diseases down there.  a friend of mine
here in tampa was treated for it by the tropical diseases people at
university of south florida.  it's apparently a nasty one, this fungus.  when
i was growing orchids, i was repeatedly advised to wear gloves and a mask.

hope this helps,

In my few years of growing aroids I have periodically heard stories about a
(to humans) fungus that grows and reproduces itself in ground or otherwise
sphagnum. Has anyone else heard these stories or seen written information on
the subject?

Don Burns

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