All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Fragrant Sumac</strong>
<em>Rhus aromatica</em> /Cashew Family<br>
Looks can be deceiving, this is NOT, I repeat, NOT: 
(a.)Poison Oak  
(b.)Poison Ivy
(c.)Poison Sumac! 
In fact, it is not poisonous at all! It is related to all of the ab...
Fragrant Sumac
Rhus aromatica /Cashew Family

Looks can be deceiving, this is NOT, I repeat, NOT:
(a.)Poison Oak
(b.)Poison Ivy
(c.)Poison Sumac!
In fact, it is not poisonous at all! It is related to all of the above, however it does not contain the poisonous oil, called urushiol, that causes the itchy rash in many people. Notice that the middle leaflet does not have the long, reddish petiole (stem) that Poison Ivy has. The flowers had already bloomed and were gone when I found this at Norris Dam State Park in mid-May. The hairy berries of Fragrant Sumac are bright red in the fall.
Perennial - Shrub
Where seen:Norris Dam SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP

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