Deciduous shrub 1-2 m tall or woody climbing vine up to 15 m tall, glabrous to hairy, exuding milky juice when cut.
Leaflets 3-5, rounded, obtuse or sometimes sharp-pointed at the tips, 3-7 cm long, turning scarlet in autumn.
Inflorescence in loose, axillary, often reflexed panicles; flowers bisexual or unisexual, 1-2 mm long, yellowish-green; stamens exserted.
Berrylike drupes, 5 mm long, white, glabrous.
Many people develop an itching or burning rash after contacting this plant because of its slightly volatile oil.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Rhus diversiloba Torr. & A. Gray
Toxicodendron radicans subsp. diversilobum (Torr. & A. Gray) Thorne
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