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« Reply #60 on: May 24, 2012, 11:14:35 AM »
Basswood tree
Leaves are edible
Asymmetrical heart shaped.

I read an article that the native Americans would strip the outer bark off and make irrigation tubes with it, the inner bark can be made into cordage also. Wood was used to make spoons and tools because its easy to work with. Handy tree to have.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #61 on: May 24, 2012, 12:25:57 PM »
Ive never boiled milkweed shoots or pods because they were bitter. Ive always done it because every bit of research i had at hand 20 + years ago said you had to do it. I have never had an ill effect doing it that way.  But one time i only boiled some pods for about 10 minuts in one change of water. About 30 minuts after eating them i noticed i could really feel my pulse beating in my neck. I checked my pilse snd it was racing far above what it should have been.  I started to feel like i had taken some ephidrin. It lasted almost an hour. I was 2 miles from the car and quite worried i was having a heart attack.  When it finnally subsided i was exausted. I felt like id just ran a marathon. So regardless of what someone else tells me i will always boil it in 2 changes of water. Only because of my own experiance.   Great article Ofg.
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« Reply #62 on: May 24, 2012, 12:44:13 PM »
I'm sure that's a very scary feeling razor... Being that far from the truck or any help.
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« Reply #63 on: May 24, 2012, 12:56:21 PM »
I remembrred reading something about rattlesnake bites that said to  sit down and stay calm. So i plopped down under a tree and just tried to relax.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #64 on: May 24, 2012, 01:42:12 PM »
I read that one OFG... That's a good site, lots of good info.
Info is from Sam Thayer's book.  Looks like another one to get.
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« Reply #65 on: May 24, 2012, 02:26:04 PM »
Info is from Sam Thayer's book.  Looks like another one to get.

I think I googled that name last time you posted it and found a web site...
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #66 on: May 24, 2012, 03:06:06 PM »
I think I googled that name last time you posted it and found a web site...
He seems to be an authority.  His name has come up related to the topic from a number of sources.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #67 on: May 24, 2012, 06:04:57 PM »
I'm sure that's a very scary feeling razor... Being that far from the truck or any help.
i was young and in good shape. i probably wasnt in any real danger. but i can see why someone with a heart condition might want to avoid that wild edible.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #68 on: June 04, 2012, 10:41:53 PM »
Willow trees (many varieties) contains acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly known as aspirin.

If needed, a couple of leaves can be chewed and held between your cheek and gum, allowing the acetylsalicylic acid to be absorbed.  Leaves may also be brewed into a tea.  Bark may also be chewed.

Acetylsalicylic acid may be used as an analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains, as an antipyretic to reduce fever, and as an anti-inflammatory medication.

Bark may be stripped off  branches and used to make cordage.  Flexiable wood
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #69 on: June 04, 2012, 10:49:32 PM »
Wild garlic or prairie garlic - small flowers on the top of the stems, small bulbs form from flowers.

- a smaller version of they garlic grown in gardens.
Stem and tops can be eaten or used as flavoring.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #70 on: June 05, 2012, 01:03:46 PM »
This is a compass plant.
The leaves are oriented north and south.  The plant does this to minimize it's exposure to the hot sun during the day, but gets plenty of light in the morning and evening.

The leaves have a very rough texture, again to minimize water loss.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #71 on: June 05, 2012, 01:08:18 PM »
Yarrow
Very strong coagulant. Use along with broadleaf plantain which is a strong antiseptic on wounds.
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« Reply #72 on: June 05, 2012, 07:17:07 PM »
Where can I get me a compass plant? That's cool! Never heard of it.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #73 on: June 05, 2012, 09:01:53 PM »
Where can I get me a compass plant? That's cool! Never heard of it.
These were out on a restored prairie.  I thought they were pretty cool too.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #74 on: June 06, 2012, 10:04:35 AM »
What tree/bush is this? Central Illinois.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #75 on: June 06, 2012, 01:53:13 PM »
Ok, have seen this one before, but I don't know what it is.
Not a willow nor a dogwood. Alders have wider, more rounded leaves.

Is it a pussy willow?
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #76 on: June 06, 2012, 10:32:10 PM »
Well I asked because Im not sure myself but Im thinking the Olive family.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #77 on: June 06, 2012, 10:47:21 PM »
Well I asked because Im not sure myself but Im thinking the Olive family.
Damnit, Swede, now you have me all curious.  LOL  Could you get a close up of the leaves?  I just hacked off a branch from the my pussy willow in the back yard and the leaves look quite similar, as does the form of the shrub.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #78 on: June 07, 2012, 08:20:08 AM »
Ok, have seen this one before, but I don't know what it is.
Not a willow nor a dogwood. Alders have wider, more rounded leaves.

Is it a pussy willow?
I think the pussy willow has rough surfaced leaves and most willows has long pointed leaves. Im still looking.
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Re: Wild Plant Identification
« Reply #79 on: June 07, 2012, 08:37:18 AM »
I think the pussy willow has rough surfaced leaves and most willows has long pointed leaves. Im still looking.
I have forwarded your pictures to the naturalist I know at Hartman.  I will let you know what I hear back.
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