Nov. 5, 2020

striped maple, Acer pensylvanicum

Aha!  A cure!  Indians used striped maple for a variety of maladies, most often as a decoction for respiratory problems like the grippe.  That turns out to be an old label for acute fever-causing respiratory diseases.  Kind of like Covid?  So if you get sick, try a cup of striped maple tea?  Maybe after you call your doctor!  More seriously, striped maple is a little different, getting to maybe 30 feet tall.  It is sequentially hermaphroditic, changing sexes as it ages.  Striped maple grows in CT, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH(E), PA, RI(S), SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC.  Emmet Co MI, 5/27/12.  Soapberry family, Sapindaceae.