Liliaceae Zigadenus elegans Pursh

Mountain Deathcamas

Keres, Western - Drug, Diaphoretic

Use documented by:
Swank, George R., 1932, The Ethnobotany of the Acoma and Laguna Indians, University of New Mexico, M.A. Thesis, page 78

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Scientific name: Zigadenus elegans Pursh
USDA symbol: ZIELE (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Mountain Deathcamas
Family: Liliaceae
Family (APG): Nartheciaceae
Native American Tribe: Keres, Western
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Diaphoretic
Notes: Eleven plants used in sweatbath. An infusion of eleven plants was sprinkled on hot rocks to form dense steam. Men stayed in the sweat bath for three to five minutes for several successive evenings before the deer hunt or race.

RECRD: 30560 id: 44547