Indian Olive

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Bigga Trust

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Anyone heard of these shrubs. I am reading William Bartram's journal of when he travelled thought Georgia around and between Augusta and Savannah in the 1700s. He referred to these plants as Indian Olive or physic nut. He said Indians carried it with them when they hunted deer and it had the " power of charming and drawing them near. With the traders it obtained the name physic nut, which means to them charming, conjuring and fascinating"
 

Swamprat

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Google Indian Olive.
 

NCHillbilly

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Quite rare shrub. I've only seen it growing once in my life, in Orange County, NC.
 
From what I have read, it was much more prevalent 200 years ago. It grows on pine root, and to a lesser degree hardwood roots. I would say deforestation took a toll on it.
 

NCHillbilly

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There is a related very rare shrub that grows around here called pirate bush, from the same family. It is parastic on hemlock roots, but requires full sun. That is a weird niche, as hemlocks are very thick trees that are usually really shady under them. I know where a couple colonies of them are at near where I live.
 
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