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Apache Plume
Rosaceae
Fallugia paradoxa


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Shrub




Rosaceae Family

Fallugia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Ponil, Feather rose


Location

Native through southern Nevada, southern Utah, southern Colorado, southeastern California, much of Arizona, southern New Mexico, and western Texas. In Mexico, occurs in Coahuila, Chihuahua and Durango

Physical Description
The Apache plume is an erect shrub not exceeding two meters in height. It has light gray or whitish peeling bark on its many thin branches. The leaves are each about a centimeter long and deeply lobed with the edges rolled under. The upper surface of the leaf is green and hairy and the underside is duller in color and scaly. The flower of the shrub is roselike when new, with rounded white petals and a center filled with many thready stamens and pistils. The ovary of the flower remains after the white petals fall away, leaving many plumelike lavender styles, each 3 to 5 centimeters long. The plant may be covered with these dark pinkish clusters of curling, feathery styles after flowering. Each style is attached to a developing fruit, which is a small achene. The fruit is dispersed when the wind catches the styles and blows them away.


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Rosaceae
Rosales
Rosales
Order of Roses
NOX Clad
Nitrogen Bean Clad
Oxid-Faba
Fabidae
Bean-Like Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Medicinal Uses: The roots dug in the fall are boiled in water for coughs, drunk morning and evening. Ground Apache Plume roots have been mixed with sugar for a cough; ground leaves mixed with wild tobacco (punche) for rheumatic joints; ground flowers mixed with horehound, flour and water to massage swollen parts of the body.

Aspirin-like qualities are found in its inner bark, much like that of aspen and willow. The spring twigs bay be boiled and drunk for indigestion and “spring” fevers.

The powdered root (with tobacco) or the flowers (with Horehound and flour) are used for painful joints or soft tissue swellings, applied locally as a poultice or fomentation. The spring twigs bay be boiled and drunk for indigestion and “spring” fevers.

Navajo, Ramah Drug (Ceremonial Medicine): Cold infusion of leaves used as a ceremonial lotion and leaves used as a ceremonial emetic

Other Uses: Used for the ladder-back rungs of the cradleboards. Branches used to make cradleboard hoods and beds. The branches have been tied together to make a broom for outdoor use. Native Americans used stems for arrow shafts.



Apache Plume
Flower



Apache Plume
Seedheads

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