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Sumac fruit in fall
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Rhus
Type species
Rhus coriaria

Sumac, also spelled sumach, is a flowering plant.

Sumacs are small trees. The leaves are arranged like spirals. The flowers are in spikes. Each flower is very small, greenish, creamy white or red, with five petals. The fruits form clusters of reddish drupes called "sumac bobs".[3][4]


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  2. "Rhus L.". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
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