Rhus aromatica Aiton  
Family: Anacardiaceae
fragrant sumac, squaw-bush
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William S. Alverson  
Etymology: Rhus: derived from rhous, an ancient Greek name for Sumac
Plants: perennial, bushy, rounded, up to 7' tall shrub with many branches; bark smooth; often forming thickets
Leaves: alternate, divided into 3 mostly stalkless leaflets aromatic when crushed
Flowers: pale yellow to greenish, blooming April-July; in short, spike-like clusters from the axils; appearing before or with the leaves
Fruits: bright red, densely hairy, less than 1/4" round berry
Conservation Status: Special Concern
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Darrin Kimbler  
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William S. Alverson  
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from USDA Plants website  
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Matthew L. Wagner