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Quiz #2: Plant

If you thought the first quiz was tricky, here's one that I hope is a little easier.  Name the following plant, with newly emerging red-tinged leaves with leaflets of three.  (Photo taken 4/16/12 in Plainville, MA)

A. Virginia-creeper

B. Poison-ivy

C. Boston-ivy

D. Poison-sumac

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A is… incorrect. Virginia-creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is a vine with leaves divided into five leaflets.

B is… CORRECT! This plant — which is worth recognizing at all times of year — is Poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans). Here are two more photos:

Poison Ivy Poison Ivy

C is… incorrect. Boston-ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is a climber with undivided, lobed leaves.

D is… incorrect. Poison-sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) is a shrub or small tree with leaves divided into many more than three leaflets (typically 7-13).

Quiz #1: Tree

Photo of Quiz #1: Tree

What kind of tree produced these beautiful seed-containing fruit?

A. Red Maple

B. White Ash

C. American Elm

D. Northern Red Oak

They aren't fully mature in this photo, but they are nonetheless distinctive. (Photo taken 4/7/12 in Plainville, MA.)

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A is… incorrect. The samara-like schizocarp (the name for the type of fruit) of Red Maple (Acer rubrum) consists of two samaras joined together.

B is… incorrect. The samaras (the name for the type of fruit) of White Ash (Fraxinus americana) are long and narrow.

C is… CORRECT! These samaras (the name for the type of fruit) contain the seeds of American Elm (Ulmus americana). Here’s a photo of the tree with young leaves:
American Elm

D is… incorrect. Acorns are the fruit of Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra).