Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 11 taxa in the family Anacardiaceae, Cashew family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Poison Sumac, Thunderwood
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Toxicodendron vernix   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Toxicodendron vernix   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus vernix 110-01-001   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in peaty habitats, in the Coastal Plain frequent in streamhead pocosins and sandhill seepage bogs, in the mountains in bogs

Uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont & Mountains

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Poison Ivy
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Toxicodendron radicans var. radicans   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Toxicodendron radicans ssp. radicans   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus radicans 110-01-002   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in a wide range of habitats, including mesic forests, rock outcrops, swamp forests, brackish marshes, open areas, disturbed ground, usually in more mesic to hydric sites than T. pubescens, & particularly common in areas with fertile soils, such as bottomlands or over calcareous rocks or calcareous sands (as in maritime forests)

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Wesern Poison Ivy
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Toxicodendron rydbergii   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Toxicodendron rydbergii   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in acid pine-oak forests & woodlands at moderate elevations

Rare

Native: north & northwest of the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Poison Oak
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Toxicodendron pubescens   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Toxicodendron pubescens   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus toxicodendron 110-01-003   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in dry woodlands, around dry rock outcrops in Piedmont & Mountains, esp prevalent in sandhills

Common (uncommon in Piedmont & Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fragrant Sumac, Squawbush
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Rhus aromatica var. aromatica   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rhus aromatica var. aromatica   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus aromatica 110-01-004   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in rocky, rather dry, woodlands, usually over mafic rocks (such as gabbro or diabase) or calcareous rocks, less commonly in sandy soils

Uncommon (rare in Carolina Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Michaux's Sumac, Dwarf Sumac, False Poison Sumac
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Rhus michauxii   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rhus michauxii   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus michauxii 110-01-005   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in the fall line sandhills characteristically in submesic, loamy swales; 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 and scattered

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Staghorn Sumac
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Rhus typhina   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rhus typhina   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus typhina 110-01-006   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in old pastures, thickets, clearings, rock outcrops, barrens

Common in NC-SC (rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Winged Sumac, Shining Sumac, Dwarf Sumac
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Rhus copallinum +   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rhus copallinum +   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus copallina 110-01-007   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in dry woodlands, and also (depending on variety) in sandhills or rocky glades or maritime thickets

Common (var. copallinum) or uncommon (var. latifolia)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Smooth Sumac, Common Sumac
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Rhus glabra   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rhus glabra   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rhus glabra 110-01-008   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, clearings, roadsides, woodlands

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Smoketree
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Cotinus obovata   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) PLANTS National Database: Cotinus obovatus   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in limestone woodlands and glades

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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Common Name: Brazilian Peppertree, Brazilian-pepper
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Schinus terebinthifolia   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Schinus terebinthifolius var. raddianus   FAMILY: Anacardiaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, especially moist or wet

Non-native: Brazil & Paraguay

 


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"Whoever the men were who designed the geographical biscuit cutter which sliced out the Old North State, they succeeded so well botanically that one might think of them as possessed with less political sense than vegetational acumen." — B.W. Wells, The Natural Gardens of North Carolina