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Eastern Poison Ivy - Toxicodendron radicans


Family: Anacardiaceae - Cashew or Sumac family Genus Common Name: Poison Oak Native Status: Native
Toxicodendron radicans - Eastern Poison Ivy. The eastern species of Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans, is found throughout most of the eastern two-thirds of the US and in eastern Canada. It has much overlap with Western Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron rydbergii, especially in the northern climes. Poison Ivy is well-named, both for its climbing ivy-like vine, and the nature of its oils, to which most people have some degree of allergic reaction. This should be one of the first plants you teach your children to identify since it is so widespread and commonly found. It is classified as a Prohibited Noxious Weed in Minnesota.

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AL, AR, AZ, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Distribution of Toxicodendron radicans in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Feb 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-July-18Photographer: Cindy Williamson
Nikon D40
The leaves of Poison Ivy can be an attractive red.
Toxicodendron radicans

Site: Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2011-April-24Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Poison Ivy flowers.
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Toxicodendron radicans

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-June-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
“Leaves of 3, let it be.”
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Toxicodendron radicans

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2010-May-24Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
The poison ivy vine gets quite hairy, especially as it ages.
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Toxicodendron radicans

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