poison-ivy Anacardiaceae Toxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze Listen to the Latin play symbol: TORA2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, trifoliate, 7 to 10 inches long, leaflets are ovate and irregularly toothed, shiny green above, paler below. TOXIC.
Flower: Species is monoecious; small, yellowish green, appearing in clusters, present late spring to early summer. TOXIC.
Fruit: Greenish white, round, 1/4 inch in diameter, borne in a hanging cluster, ripe in late summer and persist through winter. TOXIC.
Twig: Slender, gray- to red-brown, sparingly pubescent or glabrous, slender aerial roots present and older growth becomes densely covered and "hairy" in appearance; buds are stalked, naked, fuzzy brown, 1/4 inch long. TOXIC.
Bark: Dark gray, densely covered in aerial roots. TOXIC.
Form: May be present as a low (6 to 18 inches), spreading "carpet" on the forest floor, as a climbing vine, or as a bush.

Looks like: poison-oak - Pacific poisonoak - skunkbush sumac - fragrant sumac
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Toxicodendron radicans is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting poison-ivy.
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External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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