Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sumac the Rhus Succedanea Linn a Native of Japan and China

This photo shows a Sumac tree ( Rhus succedanea) with a little sprout coming out its side.

If I had known it was Sumac I probably would have steered clear of the thing.

This tree was found while cave exploring in Ginoza Okinawa, Japan.

Whenever I find a sign posted on something like this and it has the scientific name, I take a photo to help me identify it later.  So, I rearranged some of the vegetation growing around the place just to show you this little fella sprouting out with the bark of the tree as a backdrop.

As soon as I Googled the Latin words it brought back bad memories.

Sumac, AHHHHHHHHhhhhhh, that stuff is poison where I came from in the USA.

There are 250 kinds of Sumac. It turns out this one, native to China and Japan, is a friendly one. 

The ones I used to run into were called Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac.

They'd make you want to scratch all the skin off your body.

I never want to try that again.

If you want to learn what kind of Sumac is growing where you live, drop on in at


It seems like I sent the guy twenty-five bucks last year about this time.

I like the guy alright but, who does he think I am SANTA CLAUS OR SOMETHIN' ?




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