Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pipsissewa: Endangered, Among Other Things

"Chimaphila umbellata (L.) W. Bartram"
United States Department of Agriculture

"...This plant and the related entityitalicized and indented below are listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location...."

Depending on which American state you're in, the pipsissewa is endangered, threatened, or exploitably vulnerable.

It's a perennial, by the way: described as a "subshrub." The Lemming likes the sound of that: "Subshrub."

The Pipsissewa is also a character in Howard R. Garis' Uncle Wiggly books. And that's another topic.

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