Cone shaped clusters of red berries of Staghorn (R. typhina) and
Smooth (R. glabra) sumac may be licked like a lollipop for lemony thirst
quencher. Smooth sumac is also referred to as Indian Lemonade for a
beverage made from the red berries.
Medicine: Chippewa used sumac (R. hirta) in a medicine for stomach pain.
Technology: The pulp of the stalk and the inner bark of the smooth sumac is used in dye
Note: A relative of Poison Ivy (R. radicans), beware of poison sumac (R. venehata) with white fruit.
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