Eriogonum alatum

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Eriogonum alatum
Eriogonum alatum.jpg
On Cedar Mesa in Grand Gulch Primitive Area, southwestern Utah
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Eriogonum
Species: E. alatum
Binomial name
Eriogonum alatum

Eriogonum alatum, with the common names winged buckwheat and winged eriogonum, is a species of buckwheat.

The plant is native to the western Great Plains, the Southwestern United States, and Chihuahua state in México. [1]


Varieties include: [1]

  • Eriogonum alatum var. alatum
  • Eriogonum alatum var. glabriusculum


Among the Zuni people, the root is eaten as an emetic for stomachaches.[2] An infusion of the powdered root is taken after a fall and to relieve general misery.[3]


  1. ^ a b GRIN-Global Web v taxonomy of Eriogonum alatum
  2. ^ Camazine, Scott & Robert A. Bye (1980). "A study of the medical ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians of New Mexico". Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2 (4): 365–388. PMID 6893476. doi:10.1016/S0378-8741(80)81017-8. 
  3. ^ Matilda Coxe Stevenson (1915). Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians. SI-BAE Annual Report #30 (p. 49). 

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