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Staghorn Sumac

Rhus typhina

Description:

Medium sized trees, fern type leaves, fruit that looks like red pinecone.

Habitat:

Deciduous forests, also found near fresh water

Notes:

Caution: severe skin irritant.

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Staghorn Sumac
Rhus typhina Rhus typhina


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1 Comment

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

Hi MatthewPratt. This plant is called Sumac but it is not the same as Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix or Rhus vernix). The two plants look quite a bit different. Your plant, Staghorn Sumac, Grows more like a tree or large shrub and can be used to make dye and the berries are actually edible (though I have no idea how they taste).
Here is another nice online resource for Staghorn Sumac:
http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syl...

See how to identify Poison Sumac here: http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook/trees/tove.h...

MatthewPratt
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MatthewPratt

Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

Spotted on Sep 4, 2012
Submitted on Sep 8, 2012

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