WHAT is THIS???
R = (CH2)14CH3 or
R = (CH2)7CH=CH(CH2)5CH3 or
R = (CH2)7CH=CHCH2CH=CH(CH2)2CH3 or
R = (CH2)7CH=CHCH2CH=CHCH=CHCH3 or
R = (CH2)7CH=CHCH2CH=CHCH2CH=CH2 and others
Sitting on my upper deck the other evening, I noticed a tree that seemed to have sprouted overnight.
I took this photo right away. I was amazed and curious.
I had a sense that this tree could even be "dangerous" to those who happened upon it unexpectedly.
The leaves on this "Tree" looked somehow familiar: leaves alternating, with 3 leaflets, each smooth margined or shallowly lobed.
Germination: We have had a lot of rain this year, I mused. Could that have made this tree grow so tall (over 10 feet!) when it was not there last year???
"YIKES! It may be a monster," one visitor laughed.
"Certainly not something I would like to encounter on a dark night," another remarked.
On my forays in the field as a conservation land specialist I had to admit, I had never seen anything like this.
WHAT could it be? Shall I tell you right away or would you prefer to take a guess?
One more hint? OK. Take a look at this graphic. And maybe check out this word. "Urushiol"
I'll be back to let you know the name of the "TREE" in my back yard, so be sure to take a guess and check back later. And, in the meantime, watch where you walk. . .or ride...or picnic...or garden...
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