I noticed something peculiar about a few of the sumac growing along the hiking trail.
Usually the drupes of the sumac are tightly clustered and turn rich red, like the ones in the photo above.
Here is a plant with the strange kind of drupe I found.
It's light in color with pinks and greens and instead of the dark red, round, tightly clustered berries of the normal plants. It almost looks like a great mass of writhing of worms or something (it's not - don't get squeamish on me). Does anybody out there know what's going on with these plants? I've tried to look it up to find some answers, but have been unsuccessful.