Smilacaceae Smilax tamnoides L.

Bristly Greenbrier

Chippewa - Other, Malicious Magic

Use documented by:
Gilmore, Melvin R., 1933, Some Chippewa Uses of Plants, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan Press, page 126

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Scientific name: Smilax tamnoides L.
USDA symbol: SMTA2 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Bristly Greenbrier
Family: Smilacaceae
Family (APG): Smilacaceae
Native American Tribe: Chippewa
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Malicious Magic
Notes: Vine boiled with pisabik stone powder and used as malicious magic. The mischief maker sprinkled the mixture upon the bed of a couple, thereby causing them to quarrel and separate. It was thought that the prickly character of the stem was transferred to the bed and irritated the couple causing them to become ill-disposed toward each other.

RECRD: 31929 id: 38239