Oxalidaceae Oxalis stricta L.

Common Yellow Oxalis

Kiowa - Drug, Oral Aid

Use documented by:
Vestal, Paul A. and Richard Evans Schultes, 1939, The Economic Botany of the Kiowa Indians, Cambridge MA. Botanical Museum of Harvard University, page 35

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Scientific name: Oxalis stricta L.
USDA symbol: OXST (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Common Yellow Oxalis
Family: Oxalidaceae
Family (APG): Oxalidaceae
Native American Tribe: Kiowa
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Oral Aid
Notes: Leaves chewed on long walks to relieve thirst. The Kiowa name means 'salt weed.' This name may indicate that there was an early realization that the loss of salt through perspiration may be counteracted by chewing the leaves of this plant.

RECRD: 10854 id: 25174