[Wildflowers with 5 Petals of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

The Sumac Family in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington


Leaf of Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversilobum
Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversilobum

Members of the Sumac Family Found in the Columbia River Gorge:

Smooth Sumac, Western Sumac: Rhus glabra (Synonym: Rhus glabra var. occidentalis) - Leaves pinnately compound with many leaflets. Small tree, often growing in dense thickets.

Poison Oak, Pacific Poison-oak: Toxicodendron diversilobum (Synonyms: Rhus diversiloba, Toxicodendron radicans, Toxicodendron radicans ssp. diversilobum) - Leaves trilobate with rounded, obtuse, or abruptly acute tips. In the Columbia River Gorge, generally found west of The Dalles.

Poison Ivy, Western Poison-ivy: Toxicodendron rydbergii (Synonyms: Rhus radicans, Rhus radicans var. rydbergii, Rhus rydbergii, Rhus toxicodendron, Rhus toxicodendron var. vulgaris, Toxicodendron radicans var. rydbergii) - Leaves trilobate with acute or acuminate tips. In the Columbia River Gorge, found east of Tom McCall Park.

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