Smooth Sumac
Rhus glabra

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Family:
Anacaridaceae

Description:
Shrub or small tree 0.9-6.1 meters (3-20ft) tall. Very similar to Rhus hirta but twigs and leafstalks are hairless. Leaves have 11 to 31 toothed leaflets. Fruits are red and found in pyramidal bunches with short hairs. Fruits present June through October.

Location:
Found in fields and open areas. Ranges from Southern Canada through most of United States.

Uses and Parts Used:

Fruits:
Native Americans ingested berries to stop bed-wetting.

Leaves:
Smoked for treatment of asthma. Brewed in teas for treatment of asthma, dysentery, stomatosis (mouth diseases), and diarrhea.

Roots:
Brewed in teas for use as an emetic and diuretic.

Bark:
Brewed in teas for use in treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, fever, mouth and throat ulcers, and anal and uterine prolapse.

Notes:
The alcoholic extracts of this plant have shown antibiotic activity.

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Smooth Sumac- Branch
Note the Smooth Texture