Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Pediomelum esculentum (Pursh) Rydb. image
Photographer: James R. Sime           

Botanical Illustration

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

James R. Sime
Family Fabaceae
Pediomelum esculentum (Pursh) Rydb.
breadroot scurf-pea, pomme-de-prairie, shaggy prairie-turnip, prairie-turnip
Pediomelum: from the Greek for "plain apple"
esculentum: esculent, edible
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Status: Special Concern
Plant: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb with many branches and spreading hairs; roots thicken into an edible tuber
Flower: blue, 5-parted, 3/4" long; inflorescence a 1"-3" tall, dense, conical spike of stalkless flowers; blooms May-July
Fruit:hairy pod
Leaf:palmately 5-parted on stalks 1/2"-4" long
Habitat: dry; prairies, plains; in sandy soil

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