Chenopodiaceae Cycloloma atriplicifolium (Spreng.) Coult.

Winged Pigweed

Zuni - Other, Protection

Use documented by:
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1915, Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians, SI-BAE Annual Report #30, page 84

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Scientific name: Cycloloma atriplicifolium (Spreng.) Coult.
USDA symbol: CYAT (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Winged Pigweed
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Family (APG): Amaranthaceae
Native American Tribe: Zuni
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Protection
Notes: Blossoms chewed and rubbed all over the hands for protection. This medicine belonged to the grandmother of the Gods of War. She gave it to the people with the instructions that, when near the enemy, they should chew the blossoms, eject the mass into their hand rubbing their hands well together. As soon as the Gods of War had done this, a peculiar yellow light spread all over the world, preventing the enemy from seeing how to aim their arrows.

RECRD: 32950 id: 11807