Winged Sumac Rhus copallina
Family: Anacardiaceae (Cashew)
Other names: Shining Sumac
A southern shrub, somewhat resembling Staghorn or Smooth Sumac.
It is a more slender plant than either of those two, with smaller
features. It usually has thinner twigs and smaller fruit
clusters. The twigs are covered in a very fine hairy that is
almost velvety. The fruit clusters are not as red as the other
two, and are often seen bending over at the stalk and hanging.
When leaves are found, they have a fringe or wing down the
midrib, hence the common name.
Winter twig of Winged Sumac
Another view of the winter twig
Closeup of the lateral bud and leaf scar. Like other Sumacs, they lack an obvious end bud.
The fruit of Winged Sumac, often bending over at the stalk.
A small grove of Winged Sumac
Young Winged Sumac bark
Young bark beginning to split
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