what's this plant?

12:06 a.m. on August 11, 2010 (EDT)
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I saw this plant at about 8,000 ft in the Tahoe area, at the edge of the Granite Chief Wilderness. It certainly isn't poison ivy. The leaves look too "long" for poison oak. They look too spiky for poison sumac... At least compared to the pics I have checked out of these three.

But ... shiny bright, poisonous sight...

and "leaflets three, let it be".

I didn't touch it :)


4:47 a.m. on August 11, 2010 (EDT)
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lets call it high mountain hemp

10:51 p.m. on August 12, 2010 (EDT)
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ummm, ok :P

11:09 p.m. on August 12, 2010 (EDT)
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What about a high mountain GMO.

It really looks like a thistle of some sort.

9:23 a.m. on August 13, 2010 (EDT)
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It definitely isn't bull thistle, poison ivy, or sumac- but I am not familiar with western plants, but it does look similar to some things we have here in the SE. I will see If I can find any of them in my field guides, it might give you a starting point.

did the stem appear that it would mature to be woody, or succulent? Were there any larger specimens about?

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