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Rhus michauxii

Michaux's Sumac, Dwarf Sumac, False Poison Sumac

Scientific Name:

Rhus michauxii

Genus:

Rhus

Species Epithet:

michauxii

Common Name:

Michaux's Sumac, Dwarf Sumac, False Poison Sumac

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

In the fall line sandhills characteristically in submesic, loamy swales, usually associated with such species as Paspalum bifidum, Helianthus divaricatus, Tridens carolinianus, Rhus copallinum, Anthaenantia villosa, Gymnopogon sp., and Aristida lanosa; in the eastern Piedmont on sandy soils derived from granite; in the central Piedmont on clayey soils derived from mafic rocks such as gabbro or mafic Carolina slates, probably all of its habitats (formerly) in frequently burned situations. Rare in NC Piedmont, Sandhills, and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G2 - Imperiled, G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

E: Endangered (*Key)

Federal Status:

E - Endangered (*Key)

Notes:

Found in sandhills, sandy forests, woodland, woodland edges (Cumberland, Davie, Durham, Franklin, Hoke, Johnston*, Lincoln*, Mecklenburg, Moore, Nash, Orange*, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Union*, Wake, Wilson*)- https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/DownloadFile/485195
NC Natural Heritage Program Global Rank G2G3.

Plant

image

Sandhills Game Land, Millstone Creek Natural Area, October 2004
© Kathy Schlosser

Closeup of Leaves

image

Sandhills Game Land, Millstone Creek Natural Area, October 2004
© Kathy Schlosser

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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