Rhus punjabensis J.L. Stewart ex Brandis, Forest fl. N.W. India 120 120 1874.;
China (Gansu, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh), Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir, Jammu), Myanmar [Burma] (Mandalay), Nepal, Pakistan (Chitral, Murree) as per Catalogue of Life;

Images by Nidhan Singh (Validated by Vijayasankar Raman) (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

Flora of Chakrata 2012: Rhus punjabensis for validation: 13 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (10)

This medium-sized tree was shot from “Chakrata-Tiuni Motor Marg” in May 2012, I hope this is Rhus punjabensis…hope to get validation/correction…

Its probably spondias species of Anacardiaceae ….


…, I think you are right. The key in FoP leads to Rhus punjabensis.
Stamens 8-10 in Spondias, whereas 5 in Rhus. Pictures of fruits may help to confirm the id.
Here are my pictures of R. punjabensis (I hope it is!) from Shimla, but in fruiting stage.

Thanks a lot …,

The tree was nowhere in fruiting stage in the area… yes, your plant resembles mine.. pleased to see the fruit pics..will see if there are more inputs…

…your pictures remind me of the poison sumak…very pretty in the late summer to fall, the small red berries are “famine foods” for birds in snowy winter…
… I ‘ll await your berry pictures… BUT ….
next time please,  dont tear/break branches// leaves and hold in your hands… all rhus plants have the resin that sticks tenaciously to skin and causes contact dermatitis in people upon re-exposure… many people ..not a few … develop the allergy..and dermatitis and even oozing blisters…
READ the warning Wisconsin state gov forestry site tells us … look at the last para called the note at Forestry
.that page even has a beautiful bw line drawing..
enjoy and be careful.

Thanks a lot … for this important information…and careful concerns…this has become a usual practice for us to pluck the branches for taking close up pics, for trees this becomes much of a necessity…and we almost always ignore the probable after effects, due to lack of knowledge….next time i will take care not to come in contact with the resin…specially from this genus..thanks again..

Yes …, I agree with you.
We used to be always cautious when dealing with Anacardiaceae members. Several of the genera that I know, incl. Holigarna, Semecarpus, Rhus, Toxicodendron, of this family are skin-irritants, some of them causing very serious conditions. Rigorous research is on in USA to formulate an effective antidote for Poison Ivy/Poison Sumac that is very common in N.America. Interestingly some Americans have resistance against Urushiol but most of the Asians are said to be susceptible to this!

Thanks everyone for inputs…I also remember one of our favourite and “soft-hearted” plant Mango causes serious burns if you happen to come in contact with the sap exuding from fruit stalk. I had to face
serious skin troubles when for the first time I plucked unripe fruits from a mango tree. After that I came to know, that I have to be cautious next time…thanks again..

Yes, … mango , cashews even strawberries… picking is a dangerous onerous job… have to be careful… and PAY extra monies to the laborers who do the job for us…

Try eating an unripe grape. It will feel like some one slit your throat from inside :).. I had a very bad experience once.


Shrub/ small tree with pinnate leaves SN191017 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Wild shrub or small tree with pinnate leaves, in fruiting, observed from Brari area of Bageshwar Uthrakand

Lagerstromia species?  Just a guess.

Rhus punjabensis ?

Thanks, .., for the id.

To me also appear close as per images at Rhus punjabensis J.L. Stewart ex Brandis


Location: Osho, Balaju, Raniban’ Nepal
Altitude : 4600 ft.
Date: 7 June 2018
Syn : Rhus hookeri Sahni & Bahadur

I could hardly find any images on net of Toxicodendron hookeri except for the following:
Here inflorescence pattern is different from your post.
To me appears close to images and details at Rhus punjabensis J.L. Stewart ex Brandis


Fruit / Seeds from same plant on 13 September 2018.

Attachments (4) – around 650 kb each.

SK1343 02 AUG 2018 : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)- around 700 kb each.
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 11 June 2018
Altitude: 6800 ft.
Habit : Wild

Rhus …??

are the twigs hairy? the undersurface of leaves with “some hair”???

Yes …, I guess so !

Is it not the same Rhus posted by you and identified?

Is this the one ? efi thread

Sir please check Trichilla sp.

Yes, … Close to images at Rhus punjabensis J.L. Stewart ex Brandis

Rhus punjabensis Stewart ex Brandis : 5 posts by 1 author. 4 images- 6 to 7 mb each,
Location:  Pharping
Date: 28 June 2020
Elevation : 1695m.
Habitat: Wild



VOF Week: Large Tree for id from the Gobind Ghat-Ghanghariya Trek:   This tree was occasional near Gobind Ghat…at first glance this reminded me of Spondias pinnata…but I think this is different…help in id is requested…

Rhus punjabensis is a possibility.

Thank you very much sir for a very close lead….

Yes, I agree for Rhus punjabensis J.L. Stewart ex Brandis

Yes, thanks


Tree Identification : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)

The tree in the attached image needs to be identified. The details are as follows:Date/Time- 06.08.2015

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Sarahan Bushahr, Shimla District. 2400msl

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Wild

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Tree


Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Elongated

Rhus species?


Pl. check: Rhus punjabensis

I think Rhus punjabensis J.L. Stewart ex Brandis only as per images and details herein.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.