Twin Root

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Twin Root - Sebastian Romu © 2018

About

Common Names
Twin Root
Classification
Herbaceous, Flower, Fruit
Description
Twin root grows in shaded forest conditions, and is known for its distinctive double taproot. The flesh of the root is mucilaginous, and an excellent source of starch. The flower of this plant, a small cluster of pink drops, is often used a laxative and vermifuge. The small green berries produced as fruit are acrid and find some use as a spice.

Ecology

Rarity
Common
Distribution
Sub-Tropical to sub-arctic forests.
Life Cycle
Annual, flowering in late summer to produce berries, which contain seeds dispersed by animal consumption. Twin Root can also be propagated from root cuttings.

Uses

Cultivation
wild
Culinary
edible (root), acrid spice (fruit)
Medicinal
laxative (flowers), vermifuge (flowers)
Other
glue (root)

Culture

Stories

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