Published by Daniel Mosquin on September 21, 2010
On vacation, so only a photograph today! Taken last year, about 51 weeks ago.
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Oh, my, is that poison ivy I spy in the center of the photo?
That was my first thought too!
I keep waiting on a series of plants to “beware” Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac and there is some new thing here in the NE that I can’t remember, but it has huge leaves…
Oh wow I like the blend of colours…and the pattern of lines the trees in the background make are so artistic(:
Such a peaceful photo, it will go on my desktop while Fall is in the air. So soft and autumny.
The 3 leafed plant looks like a small tree and poison ivy is normally a vine so it doesn’t look like poison ivy to me.
Do you happen to recall where in NB?
Yes, I agree, it doesn’t look like Poison Ivy to me because it wouldn’t be growing all by itself up a tiny little tree, it usually needs a more stable vertical host. I think those are the leaves of a little tree… maybe a Beech? Plus, Poison Ivy leaves are darker, although they do turn pretty colors in the fall I believe.
Poison ivy has a woody stem and can definitely grow as a shrub or small tree. I’ve encountered specimens with a “trunk” about 1″ in diameter.
I side with Kevin. My father was a forester, and unfortunately rather sensitive to poison ivy. The earliest plant that he ever taught me how to ID was poison ivy, no surprise. There are two saplings with the same leaves, one behind the other, and the second one is well over a metre high. There are also beech leaves mixed with the maple leaves on the forest floor, so I’d assume it’s a typical beech-maple mix forest, with young beeches in the foreground.
you all need to make up your minds if it is or if it isn’t
if the rest of the world wants to take an autum walk without
haveing to worry about haveing to go to the er room afterwards.
tis a fine picture daniel bonjour
PI runs the gamut of light to dark green to red leaves, depending on the time of year, location, amount of water, etc. it has gotten.
PI can be a vine or a shrub.
I tried to enlarge the photo on my computer, and I am even more sure now that it probably is.
Either way, I would avoid touching it at this point in time. Which reminds me, even when dormant, PI is still very potent! And the worst thing you could do is to burn it! My next door neighbor was just telling me how he ended up in the hospital after being near a campfire where they were burning logs with PI on them.
I will agree that it IS a nice photo!
I love Autumn.
I am almost certain the shrub is a trifoliate species of Rubus.
Kirsten, sorry — the location info should now be above the photograph. I don’t have a precise location unfortunately.
…yep…daniel ‘knows’ what ‘PI’ looks like or should i say ‘feels’ like..he…he..
It looks like mushroom season is right around the corner in New Brunswick! I’m envious.
“leaves of three, let it be”
You mention taking this west of Saint-Jacques. I’m guessing that you were also visiting the Botanical Garden that day, Daniel?
‘Leaves of three, let it be.’ is a good rule-of-thumb, but covers a lot of innocent plants, too. Edith is oh-so-right about potency. My father, whom as I mentioned was quite sensitive, took Mum out for a picnic one spring. He didn’t notice that very young shoots of poison ivy were right under where he’d spread the picnic blanket. My brother and I (we were quite young at the time) thought it was very funny that Dad got a rash on his sit-upon. Mum, luckily for her, has always been immune.
I also tried enlarging the photo, but it pixellates pretty much as soon as one does that, so I wasn’t any the wiser.
Edith, I think you may be thinking of giant hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum, also called giant cow parsley. It’s been in the news a fair bit this summer.
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