- World Boreal Forests -
Anacardiaceae - Sumac family
In the boreal forest, the Sumac family, scientifically classified as the Anacardiaceae family, is a notable presence, boasting species like the staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina). Staghorn sumac, with its distinctive red, conical fruit clusters, holds ecological significance within the boreal ecosystem. These clusters serve as a valuable food source for birds during the colder months, contributing to the winter survival of various avian species. Beyond its ornamental features, the Sumac family enhances the biodiversity of the boreal forest, exemplifying the interconnected relationship between plant life and the animal kingdom in this northern wilderness.