Photos of Rhus aromatica, Fragrant Sumac

Rhus aromatica, Fragrant Sumac. Fragrant Sumac, Rhus aromatica, a member of the cashew family, Anacardiaceae, is a shrub with fragrant leaves native to much of the United States. It is distinctive for its hairy, oily, red fruits. Native groups used leaves for colds, bleeding; chewed leaves for stomachaches; diuretic. Physicians formerly used astringent root bark to treat irritated urethra, leukorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery, bronchitis, laryngitis, and bed-wetting in children and the elderly. Like some of its relatives, it may cause dermatitis or increase inflammation.

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