Orchidaceae Goodyera oblongifolia Raf.
Western Rattlesnake Plantain
Thompson - Drug, Gynecological Aid
Use documented by:
Turner, Nancy J., Laurence C. Thompson and M. Terry Thompson et al., 1990, Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia, Victoria. Royal British Columbia Museum, page 136
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Scientific name: Goodyera oblongifolia Raf.
USDA symbol: GOOB2 (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Western Rattlesnake Plantain
Family (APG): Orchidaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Gynecological Aid
Notes: Leaves chewed prenatally to determine the sex of a baby and to insure an easy delivery. If the mother could swallow the chewed leaf, the baby was going to be a girl, but if she could not, then it was going to be a boy.
RECRD: 32303 id: 16093