Native SpeciesStaghorn sumac

Rhus hirta
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Field Notes
The spot where we found staghorn sumac is located 43.935933 North as the latitude, the longitude is -70.448452. It might be poisonous sumac because that grows in wet soiled areas, but the staghorn grows in dry soil. The paths along the frog pond trail are pretty dry, so is the patch of poison ivy that my partner and I walked into to get a leaf sample. But it grows right next to a pond . The little pouch that was connected to the plant's stem was full of a mildew substance, it might have been mold. The red “bark” that is connected to the stems are fuzzy and the seeds on it come off easily. I would say the leaves are a toothed shape with the fuzzy stem, it was kind of hard to break off a piece from the tree. The leaves on the trees are turning red because it is becoming fall and that is what it said on the paper/sheet that our advisor handed us for reference.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
the trees, leaves, and bark matched the descriptions/pictures.
Photo of my evidence.
the leaves were around the same measurements as the pictures provided.
Photo of my evidence.
the trees had the "fuzzy bark" growth on branches.
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 43.935933 °
W -70.448428 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Frog Pond
Trip date: 
Tue, 2017-10-03 14:19
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


You did find it. Why do you think it is called "Staghorn" sumac? Those berries are important nutrition for early robins that come back in the spring.