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Genus: Rhus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Sapindales > Family: Anacardiaceae 

Species from southern Africa formerly placed in Rhus have almost all been split off into the genus Searsia. Only one native Rhus species is known from southern Africa and in addition there are four species that are cultivated in the region. Rhus longipes, Rhus tenuipes and Rhus wildii are listed in Flora of Zimbabwe and Rhus macowanii is listed in Flora of Mozambique, but they are not included here due to difficulties confirming their taxonomic status.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Rhus ntsubanensis


Rhus succedanea (Wax tree, Wasboom) is a declared Category 1 invader plant in South Africa.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Rhus chinensis (Chinese sumach)

Native to China and Japan.  


Rhus coriaria (Sumach)

Native to southern Europe.  


Rhus glabra (Smooth sumach)

Native from southern Canada to the USA.  


Rhus typhina (Staghorn sumach)

Native to the eastern USA and Canada.  



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.