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Poison Sumac type plant ID needed

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Tue Sep 5 15:13:18 EST 2000

Box elder doesn't make berries.  It's a maple, so it makes clusters of
dry, papery samaras.  The berries subtended by a perfoliate bract
sound like some honeysuckles or else Tilia.

I'm wondering if (if there's a chance the plant is cultivated) we are
dealing with a Nandina.

M. Reed

"I DON'T LIKE SPAM!!!" wrote:

> I seem to remember that the box-elder has the nick-name of poison-ivy
> tree because its compound leaves resemble those of poison ivy. Perhaps
> this is what you have. A quick note: the compound leaves of box elder
> actually have 5 leaflets, not three, but two of the five are up the
> stem a little bit, so that the terminal 3 leaflets at a glance look
> like poison ivy. I can't remember what color the berries look like,
> but it seems to me that they are unusual in that they are subtended by
> a bract which is perfoliate, and looks unusual.
> Hope this helps.

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