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Poison Sumac Pictures -- The Stems

Red Stems Help in Identification

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The stems of poison sumac leaves help us to identify the plant....
Its red stems help identify poison sumac.

Its red stems help identify poison sumac.

David Beaulieu
The bright red color of poison sumac's leaf stems are one of the first things you'd want to look for in the spring to distinguish it from non-poisonous varieties of sumac. That's because, in spring, you wouldn't necessarily have any berries to help you in identification.

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