Anacardiaceae, Cashew or Sumac Family
The Anacardiaceae, Cashew or Sumac Family is a relatively small family although a few members have significant economic importance. These would include of course the Cashew (Anacardium) actually the type genus of the family and the notable Pistachio Tree formerly included in its own family, the Pistaciaceae.
Also included in the Anacardiaceae family; Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron), Sumac (Rhus), Mango (Mangifera) and the beautiful Eurasian SmokeTree (Cotinus).
Family Characteristics: Mostly trees andr shrubs, some vines; flowers mostly small often inconspicuous; resin or milky sap that is foul-smelling.
In North America, according to the USDA Plants Database, there are 22 genera with 75 accepted taxa overall in the Anacardiaceae family. World-wide, The Plant List identifies 77 plant genera with 701 accepted species names in the family.
By far the largest North American genus is Rhus with about 20 species.