Poison Sumac Toxicodendron vernix (Linnaeus) Kuntze    Synonyms: Poison-sumac, Rhus vernix.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Sapindales   >   Family Anacardiaceae   >   Genus Toxicodendron   

Status:

Occurs in parts of the Southeast and Northeast, and sporadically in the Midwest.

Description:

Coarse shrub or small tree, growing in wooded swamps. Leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits are poisonous. Fruit is whitish or grayish.

Where to find:

Occasional in swamps and wet flood plains, on Coastal Plain and elsewhere, including as a common component of Magnolia Bogs of the Fall Zone around Washington, D.C. (see description of these bogs in species page for Sweetbay) (J. Hill, pers. obser.).

Relationships:

Host plant for the moth species Beautiful Eutelia Moth (Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants).

There are 52 records in the project database.

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Poison Sumac in Dorchester Co., Maryland (6/11/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Poison Sumac in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (7/26/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Poison Sumac in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/9/2019). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Poison Sumac in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (6/30/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Poison Sumac in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/28/2018). Photo by Kirsten Johnson. (MBP list)

Poison Sumac in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/26/2015). (c) Michael Ellis, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Michael Ellis via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Poison Sumac blooming in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/10/1995). Photo by Bob Ringler. (MBP list)

Poison Sumac in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/10/2017). (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Katja Schulz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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