Bently, Triterpenoid extractives in the outer bark of Betula lenta
(black birch), Holzforsch., 45, 265 (1991).
Other flavorful barks worth cultivating include the cinnamon-flavored CAROLINA ALLSPICE (Calycanthus floridus; the only part considered safe to eat is the inner bark, so caution is advised); SWEET BIRCH (Betula lenta
); and SHAGBARK HICKORY (Carya ovata).
Roots and Herbs Black or sweet birch (Betula lenta
): sap, syrup, resin, and bark Black cherry (Prunus serotina)?.
Caption: Clockwise from top left: Soft, pubescent leaves of black birch (Betula lenta
) emerging from a bud; The soft, silvery hairs of newly bloomed catkins (flowers) of a willow (Satix sp.), often referred to as a "pussy willow," trap heat from the sun, which aids the development of reproductive structures; The small, vibrant female flower of a hazelnut (Corylus sp.); A flower bud opening on spicebush (Lindera benzoin), a woody shrub
Self-taught naturalist Steve Brill showed the Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, the twig also known as betula lenta
, and asked him to give it a try.
Other commercial birches of note from North America include black, sweet and cherry birch (Betula lenta
), which grows mainly in the Adirondacks, and river birch or red river birch (Betula nigra).
Hydric floodplain (N = 7) RIV ([double Species Name DEN * BA ** FRQ *** dagger]) Acer negundo 5.7 1.0 0.6 2 Acer rubrum 12.9 4.1 0.7 4 Acer saccharum 14.3 3.6 0.6 3 Betula alleghaniensis -- -- -- -- Betula lenta
-- -- -- -- Betula nigra 71.4 39.6 1.0 16 Carpinus caroliniana 132.8 3.7 1.0 11 Carya cordiformis 70.0 7.7 0.9 8 Carya glabra -- -- -- -- Carya laciniosa 1.4 1.3 0.6 3 Carya ovalis -- -- -- -- Carya ovata 1.4 0.2 0.1 ([dagger]) Carya sp.
above ground from Betula lenta
(Ramsey Cascades); one from 6 ft.
The township is now nearly 90% forested and dominated by moderately shade-tolerant sprouting species such as Acer rubrum, Betula lenta
, and Quercus rubra.
Secondary dispersal of seed across snow in Betula lenta
, a gap-colonizing tree species.