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Pediomelum

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Pediomelum is a genus of legumes known as Indian breadroots. These are glandular perennial plants with palmately-arranged leaves. They have a main erect stem with inflorescences of blue or purple flowers and produce hairy legume pods containing beanlike seeds. Some species have woody roots while others have starchy tuber-like roots which can be eaten like tuber vegetables such as potatoes or made into flour. Indian breadroots are native to North America. Many species have synonymy with genus Psoralea.

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Pediomelum: Brief Summary

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Pediomelum is a genus of legumes known as Indian breadroots. These are glandular perennial plants with palmately-arranged leaves. They have a main erect stem with inflorescences of blue or purple flowers and produce hairy legume pods containing beanlike seeds. Some species have woody roots while others have starchy tuber-like roots which can be eaten like tuber vegetables such as potatoes or made into flour. Indian breadroots are native to North America. Many species have synonymy with genus Psoralea.

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Pediomelum argophyllum - silverleaf Indian breadroot Pediomelum aromaticum - aromatic Indian breadroot Pediomelum californicum - California Indian breadroot Pediomelum canescens - buckroot Pediomelum castoreum - beaver Indian breadroot Pediomelum cuspidatum - largebract Indian breadroot Pediomelum cyphocalyx - turniproot Pediomelum digitatum - palmleaf Indian breadroot Pediomelum esculentum - large Indian breadroot Pediomelum humile - Rydberg's Indian breadroot Pediomelum hypogaeum - subterranean Indian breadroot Pediomelum latestipulatum - Texas Plains Indian breadroot Pediomelum linearifolium - narrowleaf Indian breadroot Pediomelum megalanthum - intermountain Indian breadroot Pediomelum mephiticum - skunktop Pediomelum pariense - Paria River Indian breadroot Pediomelum pentaphyllum - small Indian breadroot Pediomelum reverchonii - rock Indian breadroot Pediomelum rhombifolium - gulf Indian breadroot Pediomelum subacaule - Nashville breadroot Pediomelium tenuiflorum - see under other name Psoralidium tenuiflorum
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