Marijuana

Marijuana; Hemp, Cannabis sativa, Hemp Family (Cannabinaceae)

Description: Coarse, branching plant with erect stems and clusters of small greenish flowers in the leaf axis. Flowers: to 1/8″ (3 mm) wide; male and female on seperate plants. Leaves: palmately divided, hairy, with 5-7 long narrow, coarsely toothed, tapering leaflets 2-6″ (5-15 cm) long. Height: 3-10′ (90-300 cm).

Flowering: June-October

Habitat: Waste places and roadsides.

Range: Ontario to New Brunswick; south to Virginia; west to Tennessee and Kansas; north to Minnesota.

Comments: This annual was introduced from Asia; the narcotic marijuana is obtained by etracting resin from its female flowers. its leaves are dried and smoked like tobacco for their euphoric effect.

flower resources taken from: Niering, William A., Olmstead, Nancy C., National Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Wildlowers. 1979, Chanticleer Press, INC.