Species Detail

Viburnum prunifolium L.
Blackhaw tree


Scientific Name:  
Viburnum prunifolium L.
Common Name:  
Blackhaw tree
Myaamia Name:  
papakimiĊĦaahkwi
Uses:  
Food
Harvest Seasons:  
Undetermined
Habitats:  
Undetermined
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Undetermined

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Viburnum prunifolium L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 Description  "Papakimini tawani; black haw tree or bush. There are several bushes called so in the west; but this is either Crataegus tomentosa L. or Viburnum prunifolium L. and grows to a height of 15 to 20 feet"
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991 Use - Food  traditional food. In the traditional story of Young Thunder William Pecongah; he describes the crops he had growing on his land 160 acres of reserve in central Indiana. "There I planted corn; wheat; potatoes; peas; tobacco; beans; apple trees; pumpkins; watermelons; cucumbers; onions; hay; straw; gooseberries; raspberries; blackberries; currants; turnips; tomatoes; pawpaws; cherries; strawberries; plums; blackhaws; peaches; walnut trees; pecans; hickory nuts; barley and rye."
Gravier, J. ca. 1700 Use - Food  "papakimina des alizes" or "papakiminja alizier"; blackhaw berries
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 Use - Food  fruits eaten. "papakimini; papakimina; fruit or berry of the black haw; sweet tiny and of a black color; lit. flat berry; grows on holy bushes; blackhaw trees grow to a height of 15 to 20 feet"
Botanical Sources  
Viburnum prunifolium L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   Occurs in woods; thickets and roadsides throughout eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Viburnum prunifolium L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Coulter, S 1932   Dried bark of Viburnum opulus var. americanum; cramp bark; in small doses 1-3 gm is an antispasmodic; astringent; diuretic; and a tonic and sedative for the uterus
No Reference Specified   Blackhaw usually indicates Viburnum; whereas redhaw; or hawthorn or even black hawthorn indicate Crategeus spp. Blackhaw uses included Cherokee drug/root-bark; Delaware drug/root-bark; Micmac drug; and Meskwaki food/berry