Toxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze var. radicans

Locations ofToxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze var. radicans in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Toxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze var. radicans
Common Name
Poison Ivy, Eastern Poison Ivy
Toxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze ssp. radicans; Rhus radicans L. var. radicans; Rhus radicans var. vulgaris (Michx.) A. DC. forma vulgaris
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Toxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze var. radicans
Var. radicans is the typical poison-ivy of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains, rarely found west of the Appalachians. It is normally a vine, climbing by adventitious roots, and can attain diameters of 10 cm and climb to the crowns of forest trees. It can also resemble T. pubescens in habit, producing numerous meter-high upright stems from rhizomes.
Ubiquitous in a wide range of habitats, including mesic to dry upland forests, floodplain forests, swamps, boulderfields, rock outcrops, old fields, clearings, and fencerows; typically in more mesic and fertile sites than T. pubescens. Common throughout the state.
Native Status

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