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Lomatium columbianaum on talus.

I got to meet a very beautiful plant I have been dreaming of. Cymopterus purpurascens or wide-wing desert parsley to us whities, but to the southern Paiutes this was rabbit woman (kammu'mogotni) or rabbit gut (kammu-tsee). Kammu means "rabbit," tsee means "guts," and mogotne (mah-goat-knee) means "woman." She features in the Creation story of Rabbit and the Ants. This was a first-foods root which was tended by humans for thousands of years along the sacred Salt Walk. While most of this mountainous terrain is intensely rocky, with limestone, chalcedony, and many-colored gravel stones, some of the areas with high-density of these Cymopterus had loose, arable soil just below the rocky ground-covering. This may be a testament to those many generations of digging and tending. When the root is peeled of its outer bark, the taste is sweet like boiled carrot. Can be eaten raw or boiled then fried. A rich nutrient-dense carbohydrate source, the root is a staple food of this early season in the desert. Grows at mid- to high-elevations especially along ridgelines and between the humps of mountains. A widespread species found in CA, NV, NM, AZ, UT, CO, and ID. Seed is ripe in early to mid-March. #mojave #Mojavedesert #ethnobotany #Apiaceae #Cymopterus #Cymopteruspurpurascens #Cymopteruspurpurescens #rabbitwoman #kammutsee #kammutse #desertparsley #paiute #nuwuvi #bearmedicine

Lomatium piperi, mámɨn in Sahaptin or salt and pepper in English. Easily confused with Lomatium gormanii, which it used to be listed under.

A delicate, adorable little plant. The blossoms decorate the ground like snow and despite their small size they are impressively aromatic. They fill the air with the scent of amines, attracting pollinating flies. I imagine being one of these early-riser insects and tracking the scent of these little flowers close to the ground.

L. piperi has a subterranean stem approximately three or four inches long. At the base it is attached to a singular, round tuber no bigger than about half an inch in diameter. Here it stores away starch for the long dormant season. The tuber may be eaten raw or cooked as one of the first foods to bloom in the year. This plant is very early, and very ephemeral.

Above the stem are lightly dissected leaves tasting of pungent parsley. The tiny, white umbel flowers are held above the ground by the slightest of stems, and are so low-lying they appear like dew or snowflakes. Indeed, this little Lomatium will bloom even when there is still snow on the ground. The flowers each have red anthers which fade to black over time, hence the name "pepper and salt." L. piperi will continue to stretch and grow somewhat until March. Then the seeds will develop and ripen off sometime around April. Then it dies back only to re-emerge again the following year.

A humble and shy plant, she seems to be asking us to take a closer look and examine things more deeply. It is as if she is asking, "Are you truly ready for spring? Are you paying attention?" #Lomatiumpiperi #Lomatiumgormanii #Lomatium #saltandpepper #Apiaceae #Selinae #desertparsley #mamin #biscuitroot #springephemerals #columbiaplateau #botany #ethnobotany #plantsofinstagram #wildflowers

Lomatium is a member of the Parsley Family as indicated by its characteristic umbel-shaped inflorescence. Often referred to as Indian Celery, other common names this species of Lomatium include Indian Consumption Plant, Bare-stem Desert Parsley, Wild Celery, or Qexmin (sounds like 'guckmeen') as our local First Nations call it.
Lomatium has a rich, deep, and culturally significant history on the Coast where has been used for medicine and ceremonial purposes for thousands of years.
I've witnessed extensive patches of along the sunny open sand dunes of Vancouver Island. The plants sprout up lovely slightly blue-green tinged leaves in the spring growing to 6-8" high. The leaves have a celery-like flavour and can be used to flavour cooking. Tiny yellow flowers begin to open in cluster atop a sturdy umbel stem in May. The plants slowly transform in the summer months as the umbel rises upward like an open hand in offering.
Through the month of June the tiny seeds, light green often tinged with maroon, swell to over a centimetre long and half as plump. The seeds are the medicinal part, and they can be harvested anytime in July and August. I like to pick them when the are big and plump and still green for medicine making. For viable seed it is best to wait until a bit later when they are completely ripe and dry, papery and brown in colour.
Lomatium seeds have been traditionally used on the Coast as a preventative for colds, flus, tuberculosis, and other bacterial and viral infections. Medicinally they are powerfully antiviral, antibacterial, diaphoretic and diuretic. They act as an immune stimulant and help to fight off infection at the onset of illness and speed up recover time. They help you to eliminate toxins through the channels of sweating and urination. The seeds are a warming digestive bitter that can increase digestive fire and stimulate appetite. Taken before menstruation Lomatium can help relieve bloating and promote menstrual flow.
Lomatium can be grown in regular garden soil but prefers fast draining sandy soil and full sun. #lomatium #wildcelery #desertparsley #medicinalherbs #pnwnativeplants #pnwgardening #herbalism #organicgardening #naturesmedicine

These cool clusters of purple disks are the fruit of “desert parsley” (Lomatium mohavense). This species is native to the deserts of southern California and into Baja California, Mexico. I had to do a double take when I saw these. The deep purple really sticks out against the sand and the super waxy exterior makes them look almost wet, which seemed really out of place on a hot sunny day. The shape is interesting too. The seed is in the center of the fruit where the greenish coloration is. The purple extensions are actually wings. They will eventually dry out and become light enough to be blown around the desert by the wind. Despite the common name, this plant may be toxic so I would stick to regular parsley in your cooking. I still can’t get over that color though! Photographed: 5/14/17.

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Desert parsley with gossamer flair.

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