FRAGRANT SUMAC

Rhus aromatica

CASHEW FAMILY (Anacardiaceae)


Description
This dense native shrub has fine hairs on its young branches, leaves and fruit. Its leaves have three lobed leaflets (trifoliolate) (A,B). The yellowish flowers form dense terminal clusters or spikes (B,C). The fruit clusters turn red in June; they are then covered with dense hairs (A,D).

Occurrence
At Neale Woods the few plants along the southwest edge of Knull Prairie were probably planted there some time ago. They flower in April and May.

Comments
The leaves of this plant are fragrant when bruised, reflecting the scientific name, as well a one of its common names. Also known as Polecat Bush.



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