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Rhus michauxii

Michaux's Sumac, Dwarf Sumac, False Poison Sumac

Scientific Name:

Rhus michauxii

Common Name:

Michaux's Sumac, Dwarf Sumac, False Poison Sumac

Plant Family

Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

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.

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*)

Global Rank:

G2 - Imperiled, G3 - Vulnerable (*)

State Status:

E: Endangered (*)

Federal Status:

E - Endangered (*)

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

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

Closeup of Leaves

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

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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