Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

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).

Worldwide there are 72 genera and 548 accepted names in Anacardiaceae.

There are 9 species more or less, with several varieties of Anacardiaceae in Arizona.

The Plant List. A working list of all known plant species. [accessed 15 February 2015]
Wikipedia contributors, 'Anacardiaceae', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 28 January 2015, 14:06 UTC,
[accessed 15 February 2015]
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database – ITIS search