Club Root

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Club Root - Sebastian Romu © 2018

About

Common Names
Club Root
Classification
Herbaceous, Flower
This tall grassland plant has a long taproot that forms a bulb at the deepest point. Club Root blooms every three years, and its flowers form a meter long spike of yellow, orange, or peach colour.

Ecology

Rarity
Rare
Distribution
Sub-tropical to sub-arctic, arid hills, grasslands, deserts, or scrub lands.
Life Cycle
Tri-annual, producing tall spike of flowers which produce seeds with flat wings, allowing for wind dispersal.

Uses

Cultivation
wild
Culinary
The roots are edible, but lack any agreeable flavour.
Medicinal
antiphlogistic (flowers), antispasmodic (flowers), aperient (flowers), hypnotic (core), vasoconstrictor (core)
Other
The flowers are useful in treating spasms and seizures, as well as being a fever reducer, and aid against swelling. The core of the floral spike is mildly hypnotic, and works to constrict blood vessels.

Culture

Stories

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