Monday, October 12, 2009

Poison ivy in autumn

Poison ivy is a key component of the fall color scene. It puts fall color where the trees don't, climbing over tree trunks, fences, roadsides. If it doesn't have anything to climb on it will grow just tall enough over the bare ground to show us the colorful leaves at a great distance. The poison ivy in the picture above is climbing over a fence somewhere east of Muncie, in Delaware County. The darker purple leaves are of dogwood (Cornus sp.). Picture taken October 11, 2009.

This poison ivy decorates a roadside east of Luray, in Henry County. Picture taken October 11, 2009. Notice the dull white poison ivy berries.

If you can identify only one plant in the woods, poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is the one to know.

Link to Toxicodendron radicans:

Link to Toxicodendron radicans:

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