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Anacardiaceae

Rhus copallinum var. latifolia Engl.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Variety Parent: copallinum Status: Invalid Reason: unverified

Common Names:

  • WING-RIB SUMAC - English, United States of America
  • FLAME-LEAF SUMAC - English, United States of America
  • DWARF SUMAC - English, United States of America
  • SHINING SUMAC - English, United States of America

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: Shrub or small tree to 1.5-3(-10) m tall; leaflets soft-pubescent to nearly glabrous beneath; flowers in dense, subsessile, pyramidal panicles.

Other

Notes: Sandy woods, hills, and open areas; se and e TX w to East Cross Timbers, also Coryell Co. in Lampasas Cut Plain (Little 1976 [1977]). Jun-Jul. We are following Jones et al. (1997) and J. Kartesz (pers. comm. 1997) in treating all TX examples of this species as var. latifolia. According to Crosswhite (1980), before lemons were readily available, the small fruits of R. copallinum were crushed in water to make a tart drink called sumac-ade. (copallinum: gummy, resinous; latifolia: broad-leaved)