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Epigaea repens
Following arbutus 2006.jpg
Logical classificationedit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Epigaea
Species: E. repens
Binomial name
Epigaea repens
Epigaea repens, the mayflower or following arbutus, is a low, spreading bush in the family Ericaceae. It is found from Newfoundland to Florida, west to Kentucky and the Northwest Territories.

1 Description
2 Symbolism
3 Use among Native Americans
4 See moreover
5 References
6 External connections
The plant is a sluggish developing, prostrate to rambling bush that inclines toward sodden, obscure environments and acidic (humus-rich) soil. It is generally expected piece of the heath complex in an oak-heath forest.[1][2]

Its stems are woody and the verdant twigs are shrouded in rust-shaded hairs. The leaves are substitute, applaud (oval-molded with adjusted bases), evergreen, glabrous above and the sky is the limit from there or less bushy underneath, and borne on short corroded furry petioles.

The blossoms are pentamerous, pale pink to almost white and exceptionally fragrant, around .5 inches (1.3 cm) across when extended, and borne in groups at the closures of the branches. The calyx comprises of five dry, covering sepals. The corolla is salverform, with a slim shaggy cylinder spreading into five equivalent flaps. There are 5 stamens. The gynoecium comprises of one pistil with a columnar style and a five-lobed disgrace.

The variety name Epigaea, signifying “upon the earth”, alludes to this present species’ rambling development propensity.

Epigaea repens is the flower token of both Nova Scotia and Massachusetts. Diving up one in Massachusetts is culpable with a $50 fine.[3]

Use among Native Americans
The Algonquin utilize an implantation of leaves for kidney disorders.[4] The Cherokee utilize a decoction of the plant to initiate regurgitating to treat stomach torment, and they give a mixture of the plant to youngsters for diarrhea.[5] An imbuement is likewise utilized for the kidneys and for “chest ailment”.[6] They additionally take a compound implantation for indigestion.[7]

The Iroquois utilize a compound for work torments in parturition, utilize a compound decoction for ailment, take a decoction of the leaves for heartburn, and they additionally take a decoction of the entire plant or roots, stalks and leaves taken for the kidneys.[8]

The Forest Potawatomi view this as their ancestral bloom and consider it to have come straightforwardly from their divinity.[9]

See also[edit]
List of U.S. state flowers
List of Canadian provincial and territorial symbols
^ “The Natural Communities of Virginia Classification of Ecological Community Groups (Version 2.3), Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2010”. Archived from the original on 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
^ Schafale, M. P. and A. S. Weakley. 1990. Classification of the natural communities of North Carolina: third approximation. North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation.
^ Seuling, Barbara (1997) [1975]. Wacky Laws. Scholastic. ISBN 9780590764841.
^ Black, Meredith Jean 1980 Algonquin Ethnobotany: An Interpretation of Aboriginal Adaptation in South Western Quebec. Ottawa. National Museums of Canada. Mercury Series Number 65 (p. 216)
^ Taylor, Linda Averill 1940 Plants Used As Curatives by Certain Southeastern Tribes. Cambridge, MA. Botanical Museum of Harvard University (p. 48)
^ Hamel, Paul B. and Mary U. Chiltoskey 1975 Cherokee Plants and Their Uses — A 400 Year History. Sylva, N.C. Herald Publishing Co. (p. 23)
^ Hamel, Paul B. and Mary U. Chiltoskey 1975 Cherokee Plants and Their Uses — A 400 Year History. Sylva, N.C. Herald Publishing Co. (p. 23)
^ Herrick, James William 1977 Iroquois Medical Botany. State University of New York, Albany, PhD Thesis (p. 410)
^ Smith, Huron H. 1933 Ethnobotany of the Forest Potawatomi Indians. Bulletin of the Public Museum of the City of Milwaukee 7:1-230 (p. 118)
Blanchan, Neltje (2005). Wild Flowers Worth Knowing. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
The General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 2: Section 7. Flower or floral emblem of commonwealth