Poison Oak plant. The plant was the only of it's kind in the area. It was growing in poor soil. Dry grasses,dead plants,and twigs surrounded the plant. The plant was 3 inches tall and bright red.
first time seeing the berries on poison oak
a LOT of this in this area
Toxicodendron diversilobum, commonly named Pacific poison oak or western poison oak (syn. Rhus diversiloba), is in the Anacardiaceae family (the sumac family).