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).

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