By Thomas Duff For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 03:17 BST, 14 August 2019 | Updated: 03:29 BST, 14 August 2019
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.