Feb. 5, 2022

tamarack, Larix laricina

What a wonder it was for a West Virginia grade schooler to travel north into a land where the pine trees dropped their needles in the winter. Maybe the stuff you learned wasn't always simple and true? Now it's one of my primary indicator species. Wherever it grows, often in bogs, one should look for interesting stuff. Tamarack is a lover of the north, growing right up to the tree line in the Arctic. Previously the wood was used for things like snowshoes, arrows, and ship's knees. Now it's mostly used for pulp. The roots were used to weave baskets. The bark and twigs were often included in medicinal decoctions, perhaps most often for cough medicine. Akemantak (Algonquian), tamarack, larch, or hackmatack grows in AK, CT, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, and in all provinces and on SPM. Washtenaw Co MI, 4/7/21. Pine family, Pinaceae.