from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any of various Western American plants of the genus Grindelia having resinous leaves and stems formerly used medicinally; often poisonous to livestock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The gum-plant. Grindelia (which see; also Grindelia).
- n. A weed of the Great Plains, Lygodesmia juncea, of the Cichoriaceæ. It is a rigid, branching, skeleton-like plant with most of the leaves very small or reduced to scales.
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- n. any of various western American plants of the genus Grindelia having resinous leaves and stems formerly used medicinally; often poisonous to livestock
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The gummy feature is shared by many members of this genus and has given rise to the common name gumweed or resinweed as a collective term.
For instance, there’s a flower here known to botanists as Grindelia squarrosa I had to look that up, but when you pick one of the small yellow blooms and it sticks to your fingers, you’ll understand why it’s commonly called gumweed.
Other plants include giant helleborine orchid Epipactis gigantea, button cactus Epithelantha micromeris, Guadalupe jewelflower Streptanthus sparsiflorus, Havard's gumweed Grindelia havardii and resurrection plant Selaginella pilifera.
When the gumweed growing along the road starts to look pretty, it's getting bad.
Then I added two herbs used by American Indians: the rich, dark-green leaves of plantain for relieving irritated skin and sticky grindelia flowers, or “gumweed,” with their light, fresh scent, to treat the itch of poison ivy and poison oak.
But when they or their rivals, silverweed, burdock, false ragweed, thistles, gumweed, and others usurp the landscape and seem to choke up the very earth and the very air with ceaseless monotony and repetition, then they become an offence to the eye and a reproach to those who tolerate them.
The students found plants such as curlycup gumweed, biscuitroot, yarrow, elderberry and sage.
Curlycup gumweed was used as an asthma remedy, biscuitroot is like parsley, yarrow was used to stop bleeding, and elderberry helped with muscle cramping, Morales said.
At periodic workshops, attendees are given handfuls of gumweed and astragalus, along with an information sheet-a prescription of sorts to take home to their wheezing kids or aging parents.
It is also called entire-leaved gumweed, but the species is quite variable and the leaves may be entire or serrated.