Eriogonum jamesii

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Eriogonum jamesii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Eriogonum
Species: E. jamesii
Binomial name
Eriogonum jamesii

Eriogonum jamesii is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name James' buckwheat and antelope sage. It is native to the southwestern United States, being found in: Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.


The Navajo people have used Eriogonum jamesii as an oral contraceptive.[1] Among the Zuni people, the root is soaked in water and used as a wash for sore eyes. The fresh or dried root is also eaten for stomachaches.[2] The root is carried in the mouth for a sore tongue and then buried in a river bottom.[3] The ground blossom powder is given to ceremonial dancers impersonating anthropic gods to bring rain.[4]


  1. ^ Cherokee Messenger: Native American Herbal Remedies
  2. ^ Camazine, Scott and Robert A. Bye 1980 A Study Of The Medical Ethnobotany Of The Zuni Indians of New Mexico. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2:365-388 (p.378)
  3. ^ Stevenson, Matilda Coxe 1915 Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians. SI-BAE Annual Report #30 (p.50)
  4. ^ Stevenson, p.91

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