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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    Plus, according to : https://answers.yahoo.com/question/i...1043643AA7g4Of , " poison sumac........Flowers: June, July. Dioecious; yellow green, borne in long, narrow, axillary panicles crowded **near the ends of the branches........ The whitish green fruits **hang from the plant,((( non-poisonous varieties of sumac have fruits that are red and upright.))) ... prefers to grow in wet, swampy conditions....Poison Sumac has tiny sweet smelling flowers in the spring and is brightly covered with lovely red and yellow leaves in the fall, but remember, only Poison Sumac has cream colored berries."

    So p. Sumac vs regular, cream colored berries is poison. Similar to p.ivy/oak. Also, bright red stems on the p, Sumac in the spring, but neither there in the winter. Any way to identify P. Sumac in the winter?

    http://landscaping.about.com/od/weed...umac-Stems.htm
    http://landscaping.about.com/od/weed...umac-Seeds.htm
    Excellent points about the berries/fruit BillyBob! Just because the birds are eating white or red/pink berries does not mean it is safe for a human to. If you don't die you may think you are going to. Black and blue are generally safer but I prefer to positively identify. Also never burn a bundle of wood with poison ivy or oak, poison sumac in it, the vapor in you lungs may also send you to the Emergency Room or Medical Examiner's slab.
    This one Certificated Master Naturalist disagreed with me on whether a plant near Dallas, TX was poison Ivy or Oak. She thought oak because it was more bush than vine, but plant was very small and had nothing close to climb on. Some people are just silly, I was just pointing it out so people on kayak Eco Tour would not brush against it. Exact species not important. But geographic location made it obvious.

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    Poison Ivy is a good thing

    As a long time Master Gardner and lifetime outdoorsman i must add that all wildlife, flora and fauna has a benefit. I bothers me when people i camp with go out of their way to destroy native wildlife just because they do not understand it and fear it. Besides feeding many species of birds, Poison Ivy protects fledgling birds and keeps my campsite and canoe/kayak safe from curious people when i am out exploring. Read this attached article published by a well respected university (well some may disagree about how well respected, Aggie jokes…)
    http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/n...9/PoisonI.html

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    Yah I know pretty we'll how the leaves look on poison ivy and now the vines I never touched vines anyways because it made me nervous anyways lol but I do need to spend more time learning abiut sumac and oak although we dint have much of either of those around here.

    So is their really any less chance of getting one of these in the winter time then their is in the summer time? It doesn't really seem like the season matters because the oil is year round correct?
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