smooth sumac


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Related to smooth sumac: staghorn sumac, sumach, Rhus typhina
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smooth sumac

smooth sumac

3-20 ft. Smooth branches and leaves. Red berries with short hairs. Whole plant useable. Young, peeled green shoots are good to eat. Peeled roots used raw. Fruit, bark, roots, stems, flowers and leaves astringent, used for asthma, diarrhea, mouth problems, dysentery, bloody diarrhea, tuberculosis, uterine prolapse, diabetes, colds. Very high levels of antibiotics to fight illness. Make sure the berries are RED, not white. The white variety is poisonous. Some sumacs might cause skin irritation. Fruit soaked in cold water for half hour makes delicious lemonade.
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1991) found that smooth sumac (Rhus glabra), previously believed to be an important dietary component of golden mice (Goodpaster and Hoffmeister, 1954), was of low food quality because of high levels of tannins.
You park beside a vast red-orange sweep of smooth sumacs, native to eastern Washington and Oregon.