Agavaceae Yucca baccata Torr.

Banana Yucca

Navajo, Ramah - Other, Soap

Use documented by:
Vestal, Paul A., 1952, The Ethnobotany of the Ramah Navaho, Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology 40(4):1-94, page 21

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Scientific name: Yucca baccata Torr.
USDA symbol: YUBAB (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Banana Yucca
Family: Agavaceae
Family (APG): Asparagaceae
Native American Tribe: Navajo, Ramah
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Soap
Notes: Root made into soap used for washing wool or clothing, shampooing the hair and bathing the body. The root, pounded with rocks to remove the bark and to soften it, was stirred vigorously in warm water to whip up suds.

RECRD: 10423 id: 43907