Poaceae Hesperostipa spartea (Trin.) Barkworth


Omaha - Fiber, Brushes & Brooms

Use documented by:
Gilmore, Melvin R., 1913, A Study in the Ethnobotany of the Omaha Indians, Nebraska State Historical Society Collections 17:314-57., page 324

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Scientific name: Hesperostipa spartea (Trin.) Barkworth
USDA symbol: HESP11 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Porcupinegrass
Family: Poaceae
Family (APG): Poaceae
Native American Tribe: Omaha
Use category: Fiber
Use sub-category: Brushes & Brooms
Notes: Grains bound with sinew and used to make combs or hairbrushes. The grains were firmly bound with sinew, the points being broken or burned off, the grains forming the teeth, the awns bent back, making the attachment for combs or hairbrushes.

RECRD: 31845 id: 16974