Description of the genus
Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Leaves alternate, 3-foliolate. Panicles terminal, axillary or both. Flowers unisexual, rarely bisexual, very small (calyx segments usually less than 1 mm, petals usually less than 2 mm). Male flowers: calyx (4-)5(-6)-partite; petals (4-)5(-6), white, green or yellow; stamens 5; pistillode usually 0. Female flowers: calyx and petals similar to male; staminodes frequently present; ovary usually 1-locular. Styles 3. Fruit a spherical or ovoid and flattened drupe, frequently asymmetrical. Seeds ovoid or reniform, flattened.
A common genus in Zimbabwe and by no means always an easy one to name. Species of Rhus with toothed leaflets can easily be confused with species of Allophylus. See this note as to how to separate them.
Worldwide: c. 200 species in temperate and warm regions
Zimbabwe: 4 cultivated taxa.Insects associated with this genus:
Other sources of information about Rhus:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: RhusFlora of Caprivi
: RhusFlora of Malawi
: RhusFlora of Mozambique
: RhusFlora of Zambia
: RhusFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): RhusFlora Zambesiaca
web site: RhusGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for RhusIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): RhusKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Rhus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=883, retrieved 30 May 2016