Carolinas and Georgia

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aralia spinosa   FAMILY Araliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aralia spinosa   FAMILY Araliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 139-03-001:
Aralia spinosa   FAMILY Araliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Devil's Walkingstick, Hercules-club, Prickly Aralia, Prickly-ash


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Look for it in disturbed pocosins & bottomlands, disturbed areas, moist to dry forests & woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

Shrub; Tree
Perennial
More or less polygamous

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

 

full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Stems armed thoughout with stout broadbased prickles; leaves usually armed also

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Complexly compound, with 2+ levels of pinnate and/or ternate compoundness
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Bisexual or staminate
5 sepals
5 petals
5 stamens, usually
Inferior ovary
Inflorescence a terminal panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

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Aralia spinosa   FAMILY Araliaceae

Devil's Walkingstick, Hercules-club, Prickly Aralia, Prickly-ash