Betulaceae Betula papyrifera Marsh.
Tanana, Upper - Drug, Orthopedic Aid
Use documented by:
Kari, Priscilla Russe, 1985, Upper Tanana Ethnobotany, Anchorage. Alaska Historical Commission, page 5
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Scientific name: Betula papyrifera Marsh.
USDA symbol: BEPAP (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Paper Birch
Family (APG): Betulaceae
Native American Tribe: Tanana, Upper
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Orthopedic Aid
Notes: Bark used as casts for broken limbs. A soft material such as a cloth was placed next to the skin on the broken limb over which birchbark was wrapped and tied. The birchbark was then heated until it shrank to fit the limb.
RECRD: 3309 id: 7273