WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WINGED SUMAC (Rhus copallinum)
Small tree/shrub. Spreads by runners. Berries can be used in jelly and lemonade flavored drink and in producing dye.
Pollinator MAGNET! Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus) and honey bees shown
Berries enjoyed by wild turkey, grouse and many songbirds. Browsed by rabbits/deer. Larval host
Larval host: Redbanded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) which uses detritus (leaf litter).
Possible host: Luna Moth (Actias luna) and Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis).
Growing info: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rhus-copallinum
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Rhus+copallinum
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3543