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Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh.
chestnut


Entry Type:  
Species
Scientific Name:  
Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh.
Common Name:  
chestnut
Myaamia Name:  
maamišimiši
Description:  

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Pease, T. C. and R. C. Werner 1934 Use - Food 

"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 ("Il y a des maroniers d'inde d'une beaute a admirer remplies de marons plus gros et plus beaux que ceux de lion, il ny a personne en les voyant qui ne croient qu'ils soient Excellentes . . . j'en  mordis un croyant manger le meilleur maron du monde, mais je fus bien paye de ma Curiosite car je fus plus d'un quart d'heure sans pouvoir m'oster l'amertume qu'il m'avoit laisse a la bouche").

Lamb, E.W., Shultz, L.W. 1964 Use - Medicinal 

Leaves used for coughs, especially whooping coughs.

Botanical Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. and Cronquist, A. 1991 Habitat

Originally occurred on acid upland soils throughout eastern Myaamia lands, but now almost eliminated due to blight.

Related Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Gonella, M.P 2003-2006  

LeBoullenger and Pinet have "mamichimina" for chestnut, and Thornton has "mamishiminjeh" for chestnut tree.

Bush, L. L 1996  

Human-charred chestnut nutshell and nutmeat material were recovered from an early 19th century Myaamia village site at the forks of the Wabash River.

Le Boullenger, Antoine-Robert, S.J. 1719-1744  

mamichimina, term for chestnut fruits

Thornton, W. 1802  

mamishiminjeh, term for chestnut tree