Native SpeciesStaghorn sumac

Rhus hirta
FOUND by Parkway3
Camden, Maine
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Parkway 4
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Field Notes
We were looking for Staghorn Sumac around our school parking lot. It was very wet out and there was a lot of plants. The Staghorn Sumac was a lot taller than the other plants so it would be easy to see from a distance. Most of the leaves were at the top of the plant. This plant really likes wet soil and it was located right at a drainage place, so there was lots of water in that place. The plant we found was young so it was not full height. We knew that because the red bud on the full grown plants were not there yet. The stem and leaves were very wet so we just took pictures of it when it was wet. That is why the stem and leaves are wet in the pictures. In a way that helped us with the stem photo because the water stuck to the small hairs and made them more visible.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The plant we found was young and was only about 5-6 feet tall, it had fuzzy bark and was gray-brownish on the lower portion of the plant.
Photo of my evidence.
The plant we found had about 18 toothed, alternating leaves on each branch that where any where about 6 cm each.
Photo of my evidence.
Since it is a young plant, and the fact that is spring and not fall, it had no fuzzy cones.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Rhus hirta
Common name:
Staghorn sumac
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.212660 °
W -69.073656 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Around and near CRMS
Trip date: 
Wed, 2012-05-16 09:00
Town or city: 
Camden, Maine
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


Really nice photos and great evidence!!

Really nice photos and great evidence!!

That sketch and furry stem photo are awesome!

I was wondering, and maybe Gary Fish can answer this, what you called "leaves" are they leaves or leaflets on a compound leaf?

Nice work Parkway3!


Staghorn sumac has compound leaves, so one whole leaf that attaches to the stems and twigs has multiple leaflets attached to its petiole. You can tell when you remove a real leaf because there will be a bud or bud scar underneath where it was broken off, leaflets have no bud under them.

Thank you!

You did well. Looks like Staghorn sumac to me. The red berries it will get in the fall is great food for returning robins in the spring.