Poison Oak
Toxicodendron pubescens (P. Mill)
Anacardiaceae (Cashew or Sumac) Family

Plant is very similar to Poison Ivy except this is a low shrub that roots from runners. Its preferred habitat is colony forming in dry and open forests, and right-of-ways. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are thick, in bundles of three leaflets, the margins are one-to-three undulating to incised lobes (oak-like, rounded tips, often densely hairy.

The flowers are panicles formed in the leaf axils, drooping, or spreading.

Fruit is a densely hairy drupe.

Note: Poison Ivy and Poison Oak fruits are consumed by many species of songbirds, primarily during winter. Woodpeckers and the Northern Flicker appear particularly bond of the fruit. Both plants are important to the diet of swamp rabbits.

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