Poison Ivy – 5/23/18

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/23/18

Observation Time: 9:35 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)

Common Name: Poison Ivy

Scientific Name: Toxicodendron radicans

Comments: Everyone should learn to identify poison ivy and avoid contact with its glossy, notched leaves. As both its common name and its scientific name suggest, the triplicate leaves of this plant can cause an intensely itchy rash that lasts for weeks. Jewelweed, which often grows near poison ivy, is also an antidote for poison ivy.

Poison ivy is often seen in disturbed areas along roads and paths, but it can also climb up trees as a thick vine. When ripe, the white fruits are a favorite food of many migrant and game birds, as well as white-tailed deer. The seeds are adapted for sprouting after digestion softens the seed coat.

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