Species Detail

Castanea dentata borkh.
chestnut


Scientific Name:  
Castanea dentata borkh.
Common Name:  
chestnut
Myaamia Name:  
maamišimiši
Uses:  
Food, Medicinal
Harvest Seasons:  
Summer, Fall, Spring
Habitats:  
Beech-Maple Forest, Oak Forest including Oak-Hickory, Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Tree

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Castanea dentata borkh.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Pease, Theodore Calvin and Raymond C. Werner 1934 Description  chestnuts eaten by Indians were reportedly "bigger and finer than those of Lyons;" ; p. 348-349 –
Lamb, E.W; Shultz, L.W. 1964 Use - Medicinal  leaves used for coughs; especially whooping coughs p. 38 –
Pease, Theodore Calvin and Raymond C. Werner 1934 Use - Food  roasted and eaten. "There are Indian chestnuts of admirable beauty full of nuts bigger and finer than those of Lyons. There is no one who on seeing them does not believe them to be excellent." They were reportedly very bitter; even after cooking on a fire. p. 348-349 –
No Reference Specified Unknown  mamichimina phonemic approximation: 'maami$imina' (David Costa, 2006) – Michael Gonella
No Reference Specified Unknown  mamishiminjeh Phonemic approximation 'maami$imi$i' (David Costa, 2006) – Michael Gonella
Botanical Sources  
Castanea dentata borkh.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   originally occurred on acid upland soils throughout eastern Miami lands; but now almost eliminated due to blight ;
Related Sources  
Castanea dentata borkh.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Bush, L. L 1996   human-charred chestnut nutshell and nutmeat material were recovered from an early 19th century Miami village site at the forks of the Wabash River p. 181 –
No Reference Specified   LeBoullenger has