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||Ching8sseminiki Espece de fruit rouge qui croist dans l eau dont la tige est Epineuse >The French translation reads “(a) kind of red fruit that grows in the water whose stem is thorny”.
||Michael McCafferty contacted a friend, Mike Homoya to ask what he thought this plant was: "Mike Homoya, an indigenous plant expert at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, whom I know, and to whose recent book, _Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests_, I contributed a little, to see if he knew what plant it was . . . Homoya thinks that the plant in question is the swamp rose, /Rosa palustris/, and I think the French description fits the bill perfectly: a plant with a thorny stem and fruit (rose hips) that grows in marshes and other watery environments.
I'll send along a map of the plant's current distribution in Illinois that Duane Esarey sent me. The plant corresponds quite well to the land that the Illinois knew and exploited for various resources.
Michael – Michael Gonella