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Larch is a deciduous conifer, meaning that its needles turn yellow and drop each year rather than being evergreen. The Larix genus has 8 distinct species, and belong to the Pinaceae family along with Spruces, Firs, Hemlocks, Pines, and Cedars. The cones and pollen of coniferous plants such as Larch have carefully evolved to be specific to the same species, utilizing precise cone geometry and minuscule surface features on the cone scales and pollen grains to direct the pollen to the cone ovules, enhancing the success of wind-dependent pollination. Female cones (which produce seeds) of the Pinaceae family grow above male cones (which produce pollen). This ensures that the pollen of the same tree does not drop and fertilize the female cones, but rather relies on wind pollination from other trees to promote genetic diversity and integrity. Larch was used as medicine by various North American tribes for various reasons. The Abenaki tribe utilized a tea of the bark for coughs; Abitibi people used the leaves and inner bark for sore throats; Chippewa tribe would use a poultice of the inner bark for burns, and the Menominee would use a poultice of the inner bark for inflammation; The Algonquin people used a tea of the young branches as a laxative; Montagnais people used a tea of the bark and buds as a diuretic and expectorant; Ojibwa would crush the leaves and bark and apply for headaches, and would use an herbal steam for aching muscles as well as an air cleanser.
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