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Rhus succedanea (Wikipedia)

Toxicodendron succedaneum
Toxicodendron succedaneum - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-272.jpg
Köhler's Medicinal Plants plate 272
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Toxicodendron
Species:
T. succedaneum
Binomial name
Toxicodendron succedaneum
(L.) Kuntze, 1891
Synonyms

Rhus succedanea L.

Toxicodendron succedaneum, the wax tree,Japanese wax tree or sơn in Vietnam, is a flowering plant species in the genus Toxicodendron found in Asia, although it has been planted elsewhere, most notably Australia and New Zealand. It is a large shrub or tree, up to 8 m tall, somewhat similar to a sumac tree. Because of its beautiful autumn foliage, it has been planted outside Asia as an ornamental plant, often by gardeners who were apparently unaware of the dangers of allergic reactions. It is now officially classified as a noxious weed in Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the city tree symbols of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan.

The larvae of the moths Eteoryctis deversa, Caloptilia aurifasciata, Caloptilia protiella, Caloptilia rhois and Callidrepana patrana feed on T. succedaneum.

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