Habitat and Range:

  • Found in open fields and open woods in loose sandy or rocky soils.
  • Does not grow well in areas shaded by taller plants.
  • Currently found along the Coastal Plain and lower piedmont of North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
  • Only 26 populations exist in the world, 8 are found on Fort Liberty and Camp Mackall.


  • Latin name Rhus michauxii
  • A member of the cashew family and a non-poisonous relative of poison ivy.
  • A short, woody shrub with small greenish-yellow to white flowers. Flowers are densely clustered at the top of the stem.
  • Flowers in bloom in June and then develop into red fruits.
  • Each leaf has 9-13 leaflets on a red leaf stem.
  • Entire plant is densely covered with tiny hairs.
  • Grows 1-3 feet tall.

Endangered Species Branch

(910) 396-2544

0-9125 McKellars Road

Fort Liberty, NC 28310

Hours of Operation:

800-430 pm M-F