Fabaceae / Pea
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Lore: Many Native American people used the root for
food and especially the underground fruit or "hog peanut". Not only would they collect this "peanut" from the ground
around the plant but would rob the larders of mice that had gathered them. It is said the Dakota would leave the mice corn
or some other replacement food when they robed them of these winter stores. This fruit was apparently prized as a food.
Boiled too easily remove the hulls the fruit was then eaten like a nut.(Erichsen-Brown)
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves