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Aralia spinosa Linnaeus. Devil's-walking-stick, Hercules's-club, Prickly-ash, Angelica-tree. Phen: Jun-Sep. Hab: Disturbed pocosins and bottomlands, disturbed areas, moist to dry forests and woodlands. Dist: NJ west to s. IN, IL, and IA, south to c. peninsular FL and e. TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Smith (1982) discussed the juvenile (prickly) and adult (unarmed) leaf phases of A. spinosa.

Synonymy: = Ar, C, F, Fl7, G, GW2, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mo2, NE, NY, Ok, Pa, RAB, S, S13, Tat, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, Frodin & Govaerts (2003), Moore, Glenn, & Ma (2009), Smith (1944), Smith (1982a)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC (taxonomic lump from wetland indicator species)
  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACU (taxonomic lump from wetland indicator species)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
  • Great Plains: FACU
  • Midwest: FACW
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily: 5

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