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Useful Temperate Plants

Amsinckia tessellata

A.Gray

Boraginaceae

+ Synonyms

Amsinckia brachysantha Suksd.

Amsinckia collina Greene

Amsinckia conica Suksd.

Amsinckia deltoidea Suksd.

Amsinckia douglasiana elegans (Suksd.) Jeps. & Hoover

Amsinckia dudleyi Suksd.

Amsinckia elegans Suksd.

Amsinckia gloriosa Eastw. ex Suksd.

Amsinckia macrosepala (M.E.Jones) Suksd.

Amsinckia marginata Suksd.

Amsinckia mojavensis Suksd.

Amsinckia obliqua Suksd.

Amsinckia ovaticarpa Suksd.

Amsinckia platycarpa Suksd.

Amsinckia pustulata A.Heller

Amsinckia remotifructis Suksd.

Amsinckia rostellata Suksd.

Amsinckia salebrosa Suksd.

Amsinckia subintegra Suksd.

Amsinckia turrita Suksd.

Benthamia collina (Greene) Druce

Benthamia pustulata (A. Heller) Druce

Benthamia tessellate (A. Gray) Druce

Common Name: Bristly Fiddleneck

Amsinckia tessellata
Plant growing at Joshua Tree National Park, USA
Photograph by: Jarek Tuszynski
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General Information

Amsinckia tessellata is an annual plant with a branched stem that can grow from 30 - 150cm tall
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

60
Title
Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest.
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. C. L.
Publisher
University of Washington Press
Year
1955
ISBN
-
Description
A standard flora for Western N. America with lots of information on habitat etc. Five large volumes, it is not for the casual reader.

Range

South-western N. America - Washington to Idaho, south to northern Mexico and New Mexico

Habitat

Roadsides and dry open slopes and flats, often in disturbed soil[
60
Title
Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest.
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. C. L.
Publisher
University of Washington Press
Year
1955
ISBN
-
Description
A standard flora for Western N. America with lots of information on habitat etc. Five large volumes, it is not for the casual reader.
]

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Amsinckia tessellata is a plant of mainly semi-arid regions in western N. America.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil in full sun[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

Seed[
161
Title
Food Plants of the N. American Indians. Publication no. 237.
Publication
 
Author
Yanovsky. E.
Publisher
U.S. Depf of Agriculture.
Year
 
ISBN
-
Description
A comprehensive but very terse guide. Not for the casual reader.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
]. No more details are given, but the seeds of other members of the genus is dried then ground into a powder and make into cakes which are eaten raw[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
]. If this species is like most other members of the family Boraginaceae, the seed is likely to ripen over a period of time and individual seeds fall from the plant when they are ripe. This will make harvesting any quantity of seed very fiddly and time consuming[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Leaves - raw[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
]. Sometimes the leaves are bruised by rubbing them between the hands and are then eaten with salt[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow late spring in situ[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
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