Alan H. Hartley
ahartley at d.umn.edu
Sun Aug 27 01:44:56 UTC 2006
> Amelanchier spp. has a wide variety of popular names, so it can be very
> difficult to look up. June berry, service berry, sarvis berry, and
> shadblow come to mind.
Also shad-bush, -blossom, -tree, Indian pear, wild pear, sugar plum,
poire, May bush, May cherry, mespilus (former genus-name). These from
OED and Mathews Dict. of Americanisms. Amelanchier has a lot of spp., so
I don't know what the Linnaean referents of these common names are.
If you're not familiar with the USDA Plants Database, check it out:
Pictures, range-maps, taxonomy, etc. Search by Linnaean or common name.
Saskatoon < Cree misaaskwatoomin 'saskatoon berry' < misaaskwat
'saskatoon bush', lit. 'that which is solid wood' (Random House Dict.,
ed. 2, presumably Ives Goddard). This form is [at least] Plains Cree.
I'm not sure about mis- as 'solid'; it might be 'big', but neither makes
sense for June berry. (But the Ojibway name means lit. 'heavy wood'.)
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