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7. Rhus copallina L., Sp. Pl. 266. 1753.


Dioecious, shrubby. Branches and shoots rusty pubescent. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets 9-11 pairs, opposite to subopposite, 35-60 x 10-15 mm, entire, but sometimes subdentate towards apex, glabrous and glaucous above, paler and with the midrib pubescent on the under surface. Rachis winged. Panicles both axillary and terminal, up to 11 cm long, erect, not exceeding the foliage. Male flowers: calyx c. 1.2 mm long, minutely pubescent, 5-lobed; lobes less than 1 mm long, ovate. Petals exceeding calyx in length, margin minutely pubescent. Ovary in female flowers minutely pubescent, stigmas 3. Drupes c. 4 mm broad, sub-globose, red, pubescent.

The above description is based on cultivated material from Cuba.

A native of Eastern N. America, reportedly cultivated at the Bagh-i-Jinnah Gardens, Lahore (fide Parker, 1918). The autumn coloration of the leaves is said to be very attractive.


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