Species Detail

Corylus americana Walter.
American hazelnut bush


Scientific Name:  
Corylus americana Walter.
Common Name:  
American hazelnut bush
Myaamia Name:  
pahkihteenhsaahkwi
Uses:  
Food
Harvest Seasons:  
Spring
Habitats:  
Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic, Dry Prairie grasslands, Wet Prairie grasslands with flooding, Conifer Swamp some deciduous domts.
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Herb, Cultivated

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Corylus americana Walter.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Use - Food  hazel bush
No Reference Specified Use - Unknown  "pakitansaxkwa"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  "ketenzuqe; hazel bush"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  nuts gathered for food
No Reference Specified Use - Food  hazel nut
Botanical Sources  
Corylus americana Walter.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Moist or dry woods and thickets throughout eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Corylus americana Walter.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Jim Strack mentions the declining abundance of hazelnut and butternut trees in eastern myaamionki. "A lot of hazelnut around [then]" "they dont seem to grow very good any more; the hazelnuts do; likewise with butternuts".
No Reference Specified   Archaeological studies have demonstrated that nuts preserved as nutshell; which represent walnut; hickory and hazelnut species were an important wild food resource utilized by Late Woodland prior to 700 A.D. through approximately 1450 A.D. indigenous peoples of central and southern Indiana. Results of these studies indicate that nut use declined over the Late Woodland period prior to 700 A.D. to 1450 A.D.; probably due to increased cultivation of fall-maturing crops; like corn; and conflicts with gathering nuts during this same time period.
No Reference Specified   Human-charred hazelnut nutshell and nutmeat material were recovered from an early 19th century Miami village site at the forks of the Wabash River (Ft Wayne), 1795-1812 (Ehler Site).
No Reference Specified   Other Miami terms for hazel nut include "pakitansaxkwi" and "pxkixtansaxkwi" possibly from Gatschet ca. 1895; and "pakitansaxkwi; hazel bush; all of the genus Corlyus".