Virginia Creeper/Poison Ivy
Craig Bond (CraigB1051@AOL.COM)
Thu, 8 Jun 1995 00:07:41 -0400
Subject: Poison Ivy
Nick Staffa <STAFFA@NIEHS.NIH.GOV> says:
"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.
Nick continues, "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?"
Nick, I believe you are correct. Palmer and Folwer's "Fieldbook of
Natural History (2nd ed.) says of Woodbine, or Virginia Creeper,
"This fine-leaved ivy is not to be confused with poisonous three-
leavy ivy, since while this may sometimes bear three leaflets the
poison ivy never bears more than three."
Virginia Creeper Common Name Poison Ivy, Poison Oak
Anthrophyta Division Anthrophyta
Dicotyledonae Class Dicotyledonae
Rhamnales Order Sapindales
Vitaceae Family Anacardiaceae
Parthenocissae Genus Rhus
quinquefolia Species toxicodendron
(Poison Ivy is sometimes AKA Toxicodendron radicans).
IMHO, the best source for a list of and information about local
poisonous plants is your Extension Service. They'll be listed in
the telephone directory under (state) Extension Service...or you
can call the reference desk at your library, or a local
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