Here are the species for this week!

Shagbark Hickory

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.
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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.
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Black Swallowwort

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!
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Wild columbine

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.
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Green Dragon

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.
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