Cedar Bog State Memorial in Champaign County, one of Ohio's most iconic natural areas and a must-see place. I was there briefly on Sunday. It's well past the growing season, but I love to visit all manner of habitats at all seasons. That's how one gets a real feel for plants in all of the various stages of development, and post-mortem stages.
If you make a habitat of walking roadsides or frequent other open waste areas, you've probably seen this plant. It is quite common throughout Ohio and much of the U.S., yet another example of success of an imported Eurasian weed.
At this stage, the leaves have fallen, but the showy clusters of porcelain berries remain tightly affixed to their pedicels. That's smart of the plant to hold these fruit firmly until after leaf fall, as it's wintering feathered fruit-eaters such as robins and Hermit Thrushes that snack on them and thus spread the plants.
Don't you try eating Poison Sumac fruit, though! The plants are loaded with urushiol, the same allergen that makes its better known brethren, Poison Ivy, T. radicans, so despised. Brushing up against the plants, even at this season, can cause a nasty rash.
Take a trip to Cedar Bog next year, and see it for yourself.