Rhus copallinum L.
- Botanical Name
- Rhus copallinum L.
- Common Name
- Winged Sumac, Shining Sumac
- Flora of Virginia Name/Status
- Rhus copallinum L. var copallinum + R. copallinum L. var latifolia Engl.
- Two georgraphically correlated varieties, differing significantly in leaf architecture and number of leaflets, occur in Virginia. Var. copallinum ranges from NY to FLA, primarily on the Coastal Plain and lower Piedmont; var. latifolia Engler occurs inland over much of the e. US. Most Virginia herbarium specimens have not been identified to variety, and maps for these infraspecific taxa are not yet available.
- As a whole, the species is common across Virginia. Var. copallinum appears to be concentrated in maritime dune woodlands, sandhill woodlands, pocosins, old fields, fencerows, roadsides, and early-successional forests of the Coastal Plain; var. latifolia appears to be concentrated in dry rocky
woodlands and barrens, shale barrens, old fields, fencerows, roadsides, and early-successional forests of the mountains and Piedmont.
- Native Status
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