Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1235

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Carolina Coastal Plain)

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, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Greenish-yellow/White
Usually bisexual
4-5 sepals
4-5 petals
4-5 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Red
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Rhus aromatica var. aromatica   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhus aromatica var. aromatica   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 110-01-004:
Rhus aromatica   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Schmaltzia crenata

 

COMMON NAME:
Fragrant Sumac, Squawbush


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sccr3_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120325_760

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Coarsely toothed above mid-leaflet. Lateral leaflets assymmetric & sessile, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.


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JK Marlow    jkm090404_148

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm090404_172

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

Straggly, upright, rounded shrub, 1'-7' tall, not poisonous, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm130407_003

April    Columbia County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm170401_368

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm180504_440

May    Meriwether-Talbot Counties    GA

Sprewell Bluff WMA

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JK Marlow    jkm180506_1997

May    Crawford County    GA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_rhus_aromatica_8

May        

Short dense catkin-like clusters open before or during leaf expansion, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm140603_378

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Petiolule of terminal leaflet is the same length as the lateral petiolules, per www.carolinanature.com.

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JK Marlow    jkm140603_381

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Leaflets thick, at first pubescent on both surfaces, glabrate in age, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160611_027

June    Edgefield County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_aromatica_aroma

June        

Fruits roundish, very hairy, bright red, and quite conspicuous, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.