Capparaceae Cleome serrulata Pursh

Rocky Mountain Beeplant

Zuni - Other, Decorations

Use documented by:
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1915, Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians, SI-BAE Annual Report #30, page 82

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Scientific name: Cleome serrulata Pursh
USDA symbol: CLSE (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Rocky Mountain Beeplant
Family: Capparaceae
Family (APG): Cleomaceae
Native American Tribe: Zuni
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Decorations
Notes: Whole plant except for the root used in pottery decorations. The whole plant except for the root was boiled for a considerable amount of time and the water was allowed to evaporate. The firm paste secured from precipitation was used in conjunction with a black mineral paint for decorating pottery.

RECRD: 32927 id: 10349