The Rhus Typhina
is commonly known as Staghorn Sumac
, Velvet Sumac
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The native range of staghorn sumac extends from Cape Breton Island, Nova
Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, southern Quebec, and Maine;
west to southern Ontario, northern Michigan, and northern Minnesota;
south to central Iowa, central Illinois, western Tennessee, and northern
Alabama; and east to northern Georgia, northwestern South Carolina,
Maryland, and New Jersey [25
The currently accepted scientific name for staghorn sumac is Rhus
typhina L. [16
]. Staghorn sumac hybrizes with smooth sumac (R. glabra);
the hybrid has alternately been named R. Xpulvinata Greene [33
] or R.
Xborealis (Britton) Greene [12
Staghorn sumac is primarily a species of forest edges and disturbed
sites. It occurs on the edges of many forest types, and is a frequent
member of early oldfield communities, particularly on dry soils.
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Sullivan, Janet. 1994. Rhus typhina. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.