Nick Staffa, ph 361-9422 ext226 (STAFFA@NIEHS.NIH.GOV)
Mon, 5 Jun 1995 11:26:20 -0500
I was interested in this statement by Hank Heine:
>Poison Ivy can many times appear as leaflets of five or more as well as
>the more common three.
>Hank Heine firstname.lastname@example.org
>SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
>National Pike Dist.
>Baltimore Area Council
Virginia creeper is reported to be confused with poison ivy by the
inexperienced, and it has 5 leaves. Poison Ivy for the most part
is very distinctive, not only for having 3 leaflets, but it has a
distinctive, tho variable toothy-ness and shineyness and sometimes
redness. I did have some trouble at one time declaring a vine
that I saw on at Nags Head to be poison ivy, 'cause of its lack of
toothyness and shineyness, but I was eventually convinced as it proceeded
to take over the shrubbery. One can get to know poison ivy just like he
can know Dick or Harry. On the east coast, it can probably be spotted on
any outing and used to teach the inexperienced. I'm sure that if I saw
5 leave P.I., I would be astonished, but have to admit that in every other
way, it was poison ivy. Has such a sighting been documented anywhere?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City