People are told to avoid licking lichen to absorb the 'sexy' growth's ...

Warning as people are told to avoid licking a fungus to absorb the 'sexy' growth's 'Viagra-like powers' because it contains toxic chemicals Lichen can grow in areas with lots of roads and pavements across the world  It can grow in areas with lots of heavy metals, such as cities or residential areas  This means it contains high levels of copper, lead, and zinc, which is toxic People are warned not to lick it as they believe it will cure erectile dysfunction 

By Thomas Duff For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:17 BST, 14 August 2019 | Updated: 03:29 BST, 14 August 2019

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Experts have warned people to not to lick 'sexy pavement lichen' that supposedly acts as a natural Viagra because it contains toxic chemicals.

Lichen is a fungus that grows in forests and on roads and pavements all across the world, with a large abundance of the organism appearing in New Zealand. 

The growth contains high levels of copper, lead and zinc, and people have taken to licking it due to a belief that it provides the same benefits as erectile dysfunction drugs.

Experts have said the claims are inconclusive and that licking the organism could be dangerous. 

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