First let me demystify the Winged part of Winged Sumac.
Winged Sumac gets its name from the “wings” that grow along the shaft of its composite leaf.
Here in the closeup is one composite leaf. For those who may not know, a composite leaf is made up of several leaflets attached to a central stem. In this young specimen the stem is attached to the main stalk of the plant.
Notice the growth along the shaft? Those are its wings!
Now for a few more photos of Autumn before it is all gone for 2012
This was taken at the end of the day with an overcast sky.
Note: Want to know more about Sumac? Then check out these informative sites!
How we can utilize the plant…
- Eat the Weeds at http://www.eattheweeds.com/sumac-more-than-just-native-lemonade/
- First Ways at http://firstways.com/2011/08/23/how-and-why-to-eat-sumac/
And how nature and wildlife utilize use the plant…
- USDA fact sheet at http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_rhco.pdf