Rhus microphylla

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Scientific Name Rhus microphylla USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Littleleaf Sumac, Desert Sumac ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Anacardiaceae (Cashew) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Dry uplands, rocky river banks and mesas of the desert plains from 2000 to 6000 feet elev.
Plant: Densely branched shrub up to 6 feet tall, old bark dark gray; branches gray, stiff.
Leaves: Odd pinnately-compound deciduous leaves, 1 to 2 inches long, each with 5 to 9 very small, hairy, elliptic leaflets about 1/3-inch long; winged rachis (the small stem between the leaflets).
Inflorescence: Small, dense clusters about 2 to 3 inches across of many flowers less than 1/2-inch across, 5 cream-colored petals, hairy edges.
Fruit: Ovoid-shape, about 1/4-inch diameter, red-orange to brown, hairy.
Blooming Period: Spring.
Reference: Descr. excerpts from SEINet, Virginia Tech University and Texas A&M University.
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