Species Detail

Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
Bur oak


Scientific Name:  
Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
Common Name:  
Bur oak
Myaamia Name:  
mihiinkweemiĊĦa
Uses:  
Food, Medicinal
Harvest Seasons:  
Undetermined
Habitats:  
Undetermined
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Undetermined

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Food  gathered and shelled acorns; then soaked in lye before boiling
Pinet, P.F. 1696-circa 1700 Use - Medicinal  roots chewed and applied to wounds. "miching8eminja"; "oak whose large acorn and the chewn/mashed root are good for curing a cut"
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 Use - Unknown  "mishingwe mishaxkatwi . . . Bur oak; frequent out west; quercus macrocarpa"
Dorin, G, Sr. 2004, August 10 Use - Food  acorns [species not specified] leached in water to remove tannic acids before eating.
Pinet, P.F. 1696-circa 1700 Use - Unknown  "miching8eminja"; bur oak
Gardener, P.S. 1997 Horticultural Info  Oak and hickory nuts are available in the Fall; and have irregular peak mast harvest; separated by a range of 1-4 years. This means that oak and hickory peak masts are irregular; but variation in yields in consistent from year to year; thus enabling Native Americans to plan for taking advantage of peak masts. The largest masts occur when tree crowns are exposed to maximum sun--Native Americans could also have easily thinned trees to increase size and production of remaining trees
Botanical Sources  
Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Occurs in moist woods and alluvial flood plains throughout eastern and western Miami lands
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   Occurs on rich; moist soil throughout eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Baldwin, D 2003-2005   Name of family lineage including Shoemakers of Kokomo; IN; MNI
No Reference Specified   The Miami word mihsiinkweemina is used for the burr oak fruit; or acorn
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895   Other Miami terms for bur oak include "mihsiinkweemisaahkatwi" and "micingwaminji"
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895   The Miami-Illinois term for vase of acorn; or nut; is alakaya