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.”
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