Here are the species for this week!
Scientific name: Carya ovata
Anishinabemowin name: bagaan
The shagbark hickory is a large, deciduous tree, and its nut is edible and has a very sweet taste.
Fun fact: Shagbark hickory wood is used for smoking meat and for making bows of Native Americans of the northern area.
Scientific name: Arisaema triphyllum
Anishinabemowin name: zhaashaagomin
This herbaceous perennial plant is pollinated by flies. It produces smooth, shiny green fruits that grow in a cluster on the spadix.
Fun fact: Meskwaki Indians used to drop the seed of this plant into a cup of stirred water and if the seed went around four times clockwise, a patient in question would recover. It it went around less than four times they would not.
Scientific name: Cynanchum louiseae
Anishinabemowin name: ininiwizh
This perennial, herbaceous vine has oval-shaped leaves and is in the milkweed family. It is a self-pollinating plant.
Fun fact: Black swallowwort is actually native to Eurasia, and aggressively chokes out other species native to parts of the Midwest. Keep an eye out for this troublesome plant!
Scientific name: Aquilegia canadensis
Anishinabemowin name: Misudidjeebik
Wild Columbine, an herbaceous perennial native to woodland and rocky slopes in eastern North America, can readily hybridize with other species in the genusAquilegia.
Fun fact: Aquila (the root of the plant’s genus Aquilegia) means “Eagle” in Latin and refers to the claw-like spurs at the base of the flower. The name “columbine” comes from the Latin word for “dove,” as the inverted flowers are said to resemble a cluster of doves.
Scientific name: Arisaema Dracontium
Anishinabemowin name: unknown
This herbaceous perennial plant is native to North America and is mainly found growing in damp woods.
Fun fact: When it is small and young, this plant is usually male, but when it becomes larger and gets older, it becomes female! In plants, this is called gender diphasy.