Scientific Name

Rhus ovata S. Watson                

Family

Anacardiaceae 

General

       This species is quite similar to its congener, Rhus integrifolia.  It differs in having dark red sepals and leaves that are more elongate and pointed.     

      Information on the ethnobotany of this species in Southern California can be found here.     

      

CI      

  A distinctive tree observed only twice around CI.  One is found growing along a pathway to the west of University Glen, and may have been planted as a landscaping plant.  It was observed in flower long after Rhus integrifolia had gone to fruit.  Above ground parts of this tree were destroyed by Springs Fire of May 2013, but it has returned from the roots.  Another tree, in a location less likely to have been artificially planted has been identified to the west of University Glen.  It also appears to have recovered from fire damage.

Post-Fire Observations

      Both trees recovered from heavy damage from the Springs Fire of May 2013.

 

References

      See this species on CalFlora.

      The Jepson Manual (2012:  171, Anacariaceaea by John M. Miller and Dieter Wilken).

      Dale (2000:  43).              

      McAuley (1996:  169) 

 rhusovata-23apr2013-1Rhus ovata in flower, along path to the west of University Glen, CI (23 April 2013).

 rhusovata-23apr2013-2Rhus ovata, flowers, along path to the west of University Glen, CI (23 April 2013).

 rhusovata-23apr2013-3Rhus ovata, flowers, along path to the west of University Glen, CI (23 April 2013).

 rhusovata-8oct2013-1Rhus ovata, shoots growing from base of tree in post fire recovery, along path to the west of University Glen, CI (8 October 2013).

 

rhus-ovata-19mar2016-1Rhus ovata near base of hill to west of University Glen, CSUCI campus (19 March 2016).

 

rhus-ovata-19mar2016-8Rhus ovata near base of hill to west of University Glen, CSUCI campus (19 March 2016).

rhus-ovata-19mar2016-9Rhus ovata near base of hill to west of University Glen, CSUCI campus (19 March 2016).