Benthamia lycopsoides (Lindl. ex Lehm.) Druce
Common Name: Tarweed Fiddleneck
Amsinckia lycopsoides is an erect, annual plant with a branched stem, growing 15 - 75cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
The plant has become a widespread weed of pasture land in Australia[
Western N. America - Alaska to California
Dry open slopes and flats, often in disturbed soil[
Amsinckia lycopsoides has a wide range from the subarctic regions of Alaska to the subtropics of California.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil in full sun[
Fresh juicy shoots[
]. No more details are given.
Seed - raw[
]. The parched seed is ground into a powder then made into cakes and eaten without being cooked[
]. 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[
Seed - sow late spring in situ[