Rhus integrifolia. LEMONADE BERRY. SW, Baja CA
Rhus ovata. SUGAR BUSH. SW, Arizona, Baja CA
ANACARDIACEAE (Sumac or cashew family)
See a fine example in shrub form at the east end of the cycle path between Stanford Avenue and Santa Fe Avenue, and a tree form on the right side of the driveway to the Communication/Networking Services utility building behind Ventura Hall. Specimens of the handsome Rhus ovata, sugar bush, are on the left side of the same driveway with more lemonade berry. The name lemonade berry refers to a Native American practice of making a lemon-like drink by dissolving a sugary substance found on fresh berries. The dark red wood was referred to as mahogany. The two species hybridize.
Illus. right: R. integrifolia. George B. Sudworth. Forest Trees of the Pacific Slope. USDA, 1907. Click for larger image.
Illustrations (links open new windows): Jasper Ridge plant photo archive http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=jrbp Rhus integrifoliaAdditions/Revisions: other locations: Medical School Office Bldg.; West Campus Drive near Beckman and Fairchild centers.
Name derivation, genus | species Greek name for one of the species in the genus | integrifolia: entire leavesRelated material: treatment in Jepson Manual