Salicaceae Populus tremuloides Michx.

Quaking Aspen

Thompson - Drug, Dermatological Aid

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 277

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Scientific name: Populus tremuloides Michx.
USDA symbol: POTR5 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Quaking Aspen
Family: Salicaceae
Family (APG): Salicaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Dermatological Aid
Notes: Powdery substance from bark rubbed on girls' armpits so that they would not grow underarm hair. The powder was rubbed on girls' armpits after their first menstrual period. Young men, too, rubbed the powdery substance on their arms and faces to prevent the growth of hair.

RECRD: 33382 id: 29670