Pipsissewa – 6/4/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/4/11

Observation Time: 3:20 p.m.

Observation Location: conservation land near Billings Street

Common Name: Pipsissewa

Scientific Name: Chimaphila maculata

Comments: The Creek Indians called it ‘pipsisikweu’ – which means ‘breaks into small pieces’ – after the supposed ability to break down gallstones and kidney stones. Native Americans used its leaf tea to treat rheumatism and stomach problems, and crushed leaves were applied as a poultice to sores and wounds.

Also called spotted wintergreen, it is endangered in Illinois and Maine. In New York it is considered “Exploitably Vulnerable.”

More Information: Wikipedia