desert sumac

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desert sumac

desert sumac

A shrubby desert bush with wild branches, small shiny leathery leaves, clusters of white flowers which become orange-red fuzzy berries, which are sour, edible raw or cooked. Berries can be mushed with water to make jam. Berries can also be soaked in water to make lemonade. Medicinal properties possibly similar to other sumacs.
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Chihuahuan Desert scrub occurred on hilly areas bisected by dry creekbeds and was dominated by creosotebush (Larrea tridentata), honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), desert sumac (Rhus microphylla), and other shrubs, with velvet ash (Fraxinus velutina) and Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii) along creekbeds, and one-seed juniper (Juniperus monosperma) in isolated stands.
Flood plains of this watercourse and associated tributaries support stretches of riparian woodlands, including mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), gray oak (Quercus grisea), little walnut (Juglans microcarpa), graythorn lotebush (Ziziphus obtusifolia), catclaw mimosa (Mimosa biuncifera), allthorn (Koeberlinia spinosa), and desert sumac (Rhus microphylla).