Toxicodendron vernicifluum (Stokes) F.A. Barkley, Amer. Midl. Naturalist 24: 680 680 1940. (Syn: Rhus succedanea var. himalaica Hook. f.; Rhus succedanea var. silvestrii Pamp.; Rhus vernicifera DC.; Rhus vernicifera var. silvestrii Pamp.; Rhus verniciflua Stokes; Toxicodendron verniciferum (DC.) E.A. Barkley & F.A. Barkley; Toxicodendron vernicifluum var. shaanxiense Ji Zu Zhang & Z.Y. Shang);
Rhus succedanea var. himalaica Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 2:12. 1876.
Tree can be confused with Ailanthus altissima also growing commonly in Kashmir valley, but can be differentiated by much thinner totally entire glabrous leaves (somewhat thicker, serrate and hairy beneath in A. altissima), smaller flower and fruit being a small up to 1 cm long drupe (3-5 cm long samara in A. altissima). Deciduous tree with glabrous branches; leaves up to 50 cm long, imparipinnate with 9-13 leaflets, menbranous; flowers pale yellowish-white, in pubescent panicles shorter than leaves; calyx lobes ovate-obtuse; petals pale yellowish-green; styles 3; fruit a drupe up to 8 mm broad, slightly longer, yellowish brown.
I was first introduced to this tree back in 1971 when returning after a collection trip to Dachhigam sanctuary (my research area) I rushed to a doctor with lots of itching and blisters on my arms and hands. Doctor asked me if I had touched some new plant, and I got the answer. Juice of this plant (cut twigs in my case) can cause skin irritation.
Photographed from Dachhigam, Kashmir.
Yes, this is Sumac.. Thanks for the flower picture , I never went too near to look this closely, Hope you wer safe distance this time around.
Luckily I have some photographs of drupe (not ripe though) taken last year on July 30. This year I photographed flowers in May.
I am uploading the photographs of drupes.
Thank you,…, these berries are different looking…
Thanks … for useful information. I would surely check for it here.
I found out that I had uploaded this plant in 2012, and we had long discussion on this.
The correct name according to the plant list is Toxicodendron vernicifluum (Stokes) F.A. Barkley
Incidentally it is already on Flowers of India by me.
now I remember
ID Help Needed-Valley of Flowers Trip-Trees- 02 : 7 posts by 4 authors. 1 correct image as above.
Kindly help me with the ID of these shrub/tree seen very commonly while walking from Govindghat (actually from Pulna) to Ghangharia in Uttarakhand on 04-08-2018.
Looking at the leaf and fruit, I feel this is something in the Oleaceae family….
I feel it may be Anacardiaceae …
A guess. Rhus species.
Thanks a lot …. Yes, you seem to be right…its Anacardaceae.
Thanks … Somehow available images of Rhus does not seem to match. Maybe we should wait for some more ID confirmation…
Pl. try checking comparative images at