Poaceae Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud.
Thompson - Other, Decorations
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 142
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Scientific name: Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud.
USDA symbol: PHAU7 (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Common Reed
Family (APG): Poaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Decorations
Notes: Whitish culms valued for the use in decoration of coiled split cedar root baskets. The culms were harvested while still green and soft, warmed over the coals of a fire and broken at the nodes. They were then split open, flattened and used together with dyed and undyed bitter cherry bark to create patterns on coiled cedar root baskets.
RECRD: 32313 id: 26633