Sumac or Cashew family
|FORM Trees, shrubs or vines
Genera 75 and 600 species, Rhus and Toxicodendron are the two genera that extend into our area.
Species in our area (Gray); (B&B)43
Distribution Mainly tropical, extends into North America
#Parts 5-merous Symmetry
Leaves often contain resinous compounds, in Toxicoderon urushoil which causes skin irritation. People with a high sensitivity may also react to cashews andmangos.69
|The family contains several economically important species, gracing the finest of snack tables with cashews and pistachios. Mangos are also a member of this family. Lacquer is produced from the resins of some members.69|