Fabaceae Phaseolus angustissimus Gray

Slimleaf Bean

Zuni - Drug, Pediatric Aid

Use documented by:
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1915, Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians, SI-BAE Annual Report #30, page 85

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Scientific name: Phaseolus angustissimus Gray
USDA symbol: PHAN3 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Slimleaf Bean
Family: Fabaceae
Family (APG): Fabaceae
Native American Tribe: Zuni
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Pediatric Aid
Notes: Crushed leaves, blossoms and powdered root rubbed on a child's body as a strengthener. When an infant boy showed signs of timidity, his father carried a small quantity of corn meal wrapped in a bit of corn husk to the warrior of his choice, presented it and asked that the warrior apply the medicine on his child's body so that he may have a brave heart and never be afraid of the enemy. The warrior then chewed the crushed leaves and blossoms and the powdered root, ejected the mass into his hands and rubbed it all over the child's body.

RECRD: 32953 id: 26296