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/su·mac/ (soo´mak) name of various trees and shrubs of the genus Rhus.
poison sumac  a species, Rhus vernix, which causes an itching rash on contact with the skin.




(so͞o′măk, sho͞o′-)
1. Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genera Rhus and Toxicodendron, having compound leaves, clusters of small greenish flowers, and usually red, hairy fruit. Species in the genus Toxicodendron, such as poison sumac, have toxic sap.
2. A tart, dark reddish-brown powder made from the ground dried fruits of a Eurasian sumac (Rhus coriaria), used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern cuisine.


Etymology: Ar, summaq
any of a number of species of trees and shrubs in the Anacardiaceae family, including the Rhus species, which have poisonous properties. See poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, rhus dermatitis.
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Poison sumac


Rhus spp. trees and shrubs.

poison sumac

Patient discussion about sumac

Q. is poison ivy or sumac contagious

A. if you scratch the rash and it has open sores,the pus from the sores can spread to other parts of the body and to other people as well,

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Domney, who began in forestry as a timber cruiser, established Sumac with partners Dave Carr and Tom Shields in 1996.
Various members of the sumac family (Anacardiaceae) can be found in North America, southern Africa, eastern Asia and northeastern Australia in a variety of forms, including deciduous or evergreen, shrubs, trees or woody climbers, in temperate or subtropical climates.
Some committee members suggested that the county should kill the sumac by spraying it with herbicide but the motion was withdrawn so that the staff could determine whether a new product might work.
For that reason, even dead poison ivy, oak, or sumac plants must be handled with care.
Malic, palmitic, stearic, oleic, and linoleic acids are found as the major components of sumac oil (Kizil and Turk, 2010).
Anthocyanins and organic acids of the fruits of some species of sumac.
Over the years Ivy-Dry has continued to explore new ways to increase the effectiveness of treatments for poison ivy, poison sumac, bug bites and other skin irritations.
Hoy, los chullos de las tejedoras de Sumac Chaska vienen con disenos de moda, hilados mas finos y tenidos ecologicos.
Be ready to use some exotic ingredients, though: Chilled Red Pepper Soup with Sumac, Basil and Lemon Yogurt and Spiced Pork Stew with Polenta, Root Vegetables and Gremolata provides plenty of flavor and require access to fennel, sumac and other spices and vegetables peculiar to more urban markets.
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