|Scientific Name||Rhus microphylla||USDA PLANTS Symbol||RHMI3|
|Common Name||Littleleaf Sumac, Desert Sumac||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||28788|
|Description||Habitat: Dry uplands, scrub, 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 at branch ends and from axils, about 2 to 3 inches across with many flowers. each flower less than 1/2-inch across with 5 cream-colored petals with hairy edges, dark reddish centers and green-tinged phyllaries.
Bloom Period: Spring.
Fruit: Ovoid-shape, about 1/4-inch diameter, red-orange to brown; hairy.
Reference: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, SEINet, Virginia Tech University and Texas A&M University.
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