Its stems are slender, from gray to red-brown, sparingly pubescent or glabrous, slender aerial roots present and older growth becomes densely covered and "hairy" in appearance; buds are stalked, naked, fuzzy brown, 1/4 inch long.
The leaves are toxic and have 3 leaflets, 7 to 10 inches long. These leaflets are ovate and irregularly toothed, shiny green above, and paler below.
Poison Ivy is recognized by its 3-parted leaves. It also stands out in the fall, when the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and orange.
Flower Seed Head:
<p><tt><tt><font face="times new roman,times,serif">Small and yellowish-green. It appears in clusters, present late spring to early summer.</font></tt></tt></p>
Greenish white, round, 1/4 inch in diameter, borne in a <br />hanging cluster, ripe in late summer and persist through winter.<!--StartFragment -->
May be present as a low (6 to 18 inches), spreading <br />"carpet" on the forest floor, as a climbing vine, or as a bush.<!--StartFragment -->