from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to several kinds of wild esculent roots which are extensively used for food by the Indians of the Columbia river region, especially to species of Camassia and Peucedanum.
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Edible Chenopodium, Indian ricegrass, sego lily roots, yucca, biscuit-root, bloodroot and many other nutritious and medicinal plants still grow here.27 The soil, though alkaline as short-grass soils are, has been enriched by centuries of river and creek silt deposition.
It's agreeable, on some level, that someone notices, and speaks up for, stranger and lesser-known plants (greasewood, rabbitbrush, biscuit-root, sego lily root) and animals (snowshoe hare, 13-striped chipmunks, pygmy rabbits).
The humans followed migratory animals, understood the growth stages of plants, perhaps coming to the wetlands below Bird Cloud’s cliff to gather cattail shoots and later, the golden pollen, to the slopes at the top to dig and collect sego lily root, biscuit-root, yucca root, to gather wild grains where the Indian ricegrass still grows in the blow sand on the north side of the property.