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Thread: Poison Sumac

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    Yes there is such a thing so how do you use the seed cluster in your smoker without iching for a couple weeks? Refering to the article last month in Bee Culture treating mites.

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    WHOA!!!! Wait a min DO not use poison sumac in the smoker. That will make you real sick, your lungs will be affected as well as your skin. You want to use stag horn sumac. See pic of sumac ( also known as Smoth sumac) :
    http://www-ang.kfunigraz.ac.at/~katz...?Rhus_cor.html

    See pic of poison sumac
    http://botany.cs.tamu.edu/FLORA/dcs4...w12089918b.jpg

    And
    http://www.poisonivy.us/view/pictures.html

    Be careful with this stuff. I hope these sites help you. If your not sure then try to find someone that can show you the plants in real life. Co-operative extension person would be willing to assist you.
    Dan

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    Sumac is not the same poison sumac, just like oak is not the same as poison oak. Sumac is a small tree with red berry clusters. Poison sumac seems to be different in different places that I've lived. What I call poison sumac was being called poison oak when I was in South Dakota. What I call poison sumac is a plant with leaves that look like a sumac but it doesn't grow into a large tree like sumca does sometimes, and doesn't have the red fuzzy clumps in the fall like sumac does. Both have similar leaves and both have leaves that turn red early in the fall. It's the red fuzzy clumps after they are dry, that people use in their smokers.



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    Dan, Mike, Thank you for your replys, heading down to the river tomorrow to pick some sumac and will try some over the stickey boards to count mite drop. Thanks again.

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    poison sumac grows in wet areas, the true sumacs usually prefer better drained soil.
    "If your feet arent wet, it isn't poison sumac." not a hard and fast rule, none ever are, but a good guideline.

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    I've seen poison sumac where my feet weren't wet, but the ground was always moist, and it was shady and down in the bottoms, like poison ivy is. You're right, you don't see sumac trees there.

    I seem to see sumac trees on hillsides usually and not in the shade.

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