Cactaceae Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw.
Thompson - Food, Starvation Food
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 194
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Scientific name: Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw.
USDA symbol: OPFRF (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Brittle Pricklypear
Family (APG): Cactaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Starvation Food
Notes: Stems used for food during times of famine. The stems were used for food during times of famine because they could be harvested even during the winter and early spring when few other foods were available.
RECRD: 32630 id: 24662