Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 40.
Portulaca villosa Cham.
Navajo Name: Tségha'niłchi', "breeze through rock"
|Portulacaceae||Portulaca sp.||Portulaca L.|
Classification: Portulaca L. Contains 18 Species and 20 accepted taxa overall
- little hogweed, Portulaca oleracea
- aka Portulaca retusa Engelm.
Ceremonies: none cited
- Seed burned with big sagebrush on hot coals, to cure sickness (Elmore 1944:47)
- Plant eaten to cure stomach aches, to treat pain in general - plant seen as a kind of panacea to "cure sick people" (Elmore 1944: 47)
- Plant used as a lotion for scarlet fever (Wyman and Harris 1951: 22)
- Plants used for food (Hocking 1956:154)
- Seeds used for food (Standley 1912:458; Elmore 1944: 47)
- Leaves used as a potherb (Vestal 1952 :26)
- Leaves boiled as greens with meat (Vestal 1952 :26)
- Plant used as a good sheep forage (Elmore 1944: 47)
- Elmore 1944:47
- Hocking 1956:154
- Standley 1912:458
- Vestal 1952 :26
- Wyman and Harris 1951:22