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Submitted by:  Howard Liebman
Date Submitted: 5/27/2003
Location: Rockland County NY

Question Asked: This plant in on my property in Rockland County NY. Last year I found several viney plants in the yard which I killed with a plant killer Brush B Gone. This looks similar and I have rash on my arms that itches and looks vaguely similar to some of the pictures on your site. It's moving from my left arm to the right.

Answer: Hi Howard -

This isn't poison ivy. It's a simple single leaf vine with heart shaped leaves. It looks like wild grape to me and may be Vitis labrusca, or Fox Grape. You can go to USDA Plants DB and look at the information online there for wild grape vines. This particular species is an east coast plant and certainly in New York. There are a number of plants which can cause an allergic reaction with some in the grape vine family but this particular - I can't find any references positively either way.