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Japanese angelica tree

Aralia elata


There are tiny spines along the stems and between each pair of leaves. The shoots are edible. This plant is an invasive species in the Northeastern US.


Mixed woods.

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 years ago

Oh, alright. I'll change the ID. I trust your opinion more than my own!

Travis Morse
Travis Morse 7 years ago

here is picture of elata that looks very similar:

Travis Morse
Travis Morse 7 years ago

It is hard for me to tell from the picture, but it looks more like A. elata. On spinosa leaves, the veins of the leaflets do not run to the teeth; on elata, they do. Spinosa leaflets have a definite petiole, elata leaflets are sessile or nearly so.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 years ago

For me it's very hard to tell the difference between the two. I'll go with A. spinosa based on the photos I've looked up.

Thank you, Travis!

Travis Morse
Travis Morse 7 years ago

This looks like an Aralia. Try Japanese angelica-tree (Aralia elata) or our native prickly-ash (Aralia spinosa).

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

New York, USA

Spotted on Oct 16, 2012
Submitted on Nov 8, 2012

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