By Christopher Hobbs
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WHERE FOUND: Moist meadows to dry, rocky slopes. S. C. ; all western states except Ariz. USES: Externa lly only, the root was used fresh or dried, poulticed for aches, pains, bruises, sprains , boils, burns, rattlesnake bites, rabid coyote bites, a nd broken bones. Th ere is mention of its us e as a strong emetic, and smaJl pieces were placed in the mouth for mouth sores, sore throats, and to ease toothache (bear in mind that th e number one cause for suicide in pre-indu strial societies was toothache) .
0 in . H airs star- shaped or multib ranch ed. Leaves alternate, pinn ately lobed, densely hairy. Flowers along redu ced branc hes on upper ste m; base of pe tals sometimes purplish. Flat pods much broader than long with 2. roun ded lobes, each single-seeded; re maining un opened. WHERE FOUND : Sanel y soils, deserts. Colo. M. , to M exico, wes t to Utah , Nev. , a nd Ariz. USES : America n Indi a ns used cru shed seeds and leaves as an inhalant for catarrh or sore nose. Plant tea used externa lly as a compress for throat problem s and swellings.
Root po ulticed for sprains, boils, earach es, eye inflammation, swellings, and arthritis. Leaf tea used to prevent contracep tion and as an eyewash. ) DC. Lily Family Well-branched perennial from long rhizomes, to 4 ft. Leaves alte rna te, ova te, clasping stem, with heart-shaped bases; whitish film False So lomon 's Seal (Mai a nthemum racemos um ) has fl owers in terminal clusters. m FLOW E RS Star-Solomon's Seal (Smil acin a ste ll ata) has a zigzag stem. 3 - TO 6-PA RT ED ( LIL Y FA MILY ) The bell-shaped flowers of Clasping Twisted-sta ll~ (Streptopus amplexifolius) are on a twisted stalh.