Species Detail

Rhus glabra L. or R. copallinum L.
Smooth sumac


Scientific Name:  
Rhus glabra L. or R. copallinum L.
Common Name:  
Smooth sumac
Myaamia Name:  
Uses:  
Medicinal, Material
Harvest Seasons:  
Undetermined
Habitats:  
Undetermined
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Undetermined

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Rhus glabra L. or R. copallinum L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Food/Material 
Anonymous 1724 Use - Medicinal  stem of plant great than an inch in diameter is used to make a pipestem: cut thick stem and hollow out with coat hanger or fire; stem used for pipe and pipestone for head. Pipe is decorated with beads. Ken recently made a Miami War Pipe with an elbow-shaped head; using a picture from a book for the head design
Dagenett, K. 2004, June 2 Use - Material  some sumacs used to treat stomach ailments.
Anonymous 1724 Use - Technology 
Anonymous 1724 Use - Medicinal  Both Rhus glabra and R. coppalinum are smaller shrubs; sometimes tree-like; than R. typhina; and both are listed in addition to R. glabra in Small; Coulter; Steyermark and Gleason and Cronquist. Bogue does not list R. typhina R. hirta; but does list R. coppalina and R. glabra; suggesting that Dunn may have been describing R. glabra; and not R. typhina as the tree sumac; and R. copallina as the short; shrub form. However; more information would be needed to substantiate this
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Unknown  The dried ripe fruit acts as an astringent; a diuretic and refrigerant; used as a wash in various skin and mucous membrane disorders
Botanical Sources  
Rhus glabra L. or R. copallinum L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   R. glabra occurs in uplands; oldfields and forest edges; R. copallinum occurs in open; dry places
Related Sources  
Rhus glabra L. or R. copallinum L.
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