This section is from the book "A Manual Of Weeds", by Ada E. Georgia. Also available from Amazon: A Manual Of Weeds.
Native. Perennial. Propagates by seeds. Time of bloom: June.
Seed-time: Fruit ripe in late summer but retained until winter. Range: New England and southern Ontario to Minnesota, southward to Florida and Louisiana. Habitat: Swamps.
Fig. 190. - Cypress Spurge (Euphorbia Cyparis-sias). X 1/3.
"Berries white, dread the sight; Berries red, have no dread," used to be repeated in distinguishing the harmless sumacs from their "dreaded" relative, which is a shrub six to twenty feet in height, and hardly to be called a weed, but included here since, because of its beautiful autumnal coloring, it is frequently brought from its home in the swamps for house decoration-usually to the ex ceeding great bodily distress of the person who plucked it, for it is even more poisonous than its relative, Poison Ivy. (Fig. 191.)
Leaves pinnately compound, the leaflets seven to thirteen, obovate, smooth, thin, entire, green on both sides, the slender petiole slightly swollen at the base. Flowers in axillary clusters three to eight inches long, very small, greenish white, similar to those of Poison Ivy. Fruit a cluster of greenish white, waxy drupes, each with one hard, ridgy seed within, like Poison Ivy. Remedies for the effects of its poisonous touch are the same.