Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Read more about Winged Sumac at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
The Linnaean epithet "Copallinum" (traditionally capitalized) is grammatically a noun in apposition rather than an adjective, and therefore does not change grammatical gender [thus "copallinum" not "copallina"]. Read more in Weakley's Flora.
Winged Sumac, Shining Sumac, Dwarf Sumac
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June Transylvania County NC
Dupont State Forest
Rachis with green marginal wings between leaflets. Leaflet margins entire, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
COMPARE leaves of Sumac and Tree-of-heaven
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July Greenville County SC
Inflorescence terminates stem or branches and extends well above the leaves, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.
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August Greenville County SC
Fruits are red, densely hairy, roundish but somewhat flattened, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.
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August Miami-Dade County FL
Dense showy panicle, to 12" tall, of very small yellowish flowers, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.
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October Greenville County SC
Chandler Heritage Preserve
Leaflets number 7-21. A shrub that produces masses of reddish fall color, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common (var. copallinum) or uncommon (var. latifolia)
Look for it in dry woodlands, and also (depending on variety) in sandhills or rocky glades or maritime thickets, per Weakley's Flora
DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Odd-pinnately compound: 9-11(23) leaflets
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses p376
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South p071
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee p314
- Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers p078
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p401
- Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants p114
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast p086
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p064
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p320
- Guide to the Plants of Granite Outcrops p71
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p080
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry p211
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p166
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p09
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p306
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p292
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region p070