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Object ID:            2013.090.022

Title:                     Laurel Sumac

'Iipay Aa Name:  'ehwaall

Habitat:                North America

Description:         Laurel Sumac comes from the family Anacardiaceae. It is native to Southern California. Laurel Sumacs are small trees that can reach up to a height of 5 meters. The leaves are in the shape of a taco shell. The tip of the stem is a red color all year long. The leaves and stems have a strong scent, typical of chapparals. The plant grows new leaves and stems all year round. Its scientific name is Malosma laurina and its Kumeyaay name is 'ehwaall. The plant is used for many things. The Chumash people made the dried fruit into a flour. They also used the bark from the roots as a tea for dysentery. No notes were found on the original card from Elizabeth Windsong.

Dimensions:        H—12.7 W—20.32 cm

Kingdom:             Plantae (Plants)

Phylum:                Anthophyta (Flowering Plants)

Family:                  Anacardiaceae

Genus:                  Malosma

Species:                 laurina

Collector:              Windsong, Elizabeth

Identified by:        Windsong, Elizabeth

Preparator:           Gonzalez, Vanessa