Entry Detail

Chenopodium ambrosioides L.
goosefoot, lamb's quarters


Entry Type:  
Species
Scientific Name:  
Chenopodium ambrosioides L.
Common Name:  
goosefoot, lamb's quarters
Myaamia Name:  
waapinkopakahki
Description:  

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 Related Info 

Obtained by Dunn from George Finley; written as 'wapĭ′ngopakákĭ', glossed as 'lamb's quarters'.

Gonella, M.P 2003-2006 Use - Food 

 "It was used as a spring tonic for cleansing the body. The young leaves of poke, curly dock and lamb's quarter's were gathered near my house, mixed together and cooked with vinegar".

Gonella, M.P 2003-2006 Use - Food 

Greens collected and eaten. Seeds collected and made into flour, cut in half with wheat flour.

 

Botanical Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. and Cronquist, A. 1991 Habitat

Native to tropical America, occurring as a weed in disturbed areas throughout eastern and western Myaamia lands.

Related Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Coulter, S. 1932  

A volative oil distilled from fresh aboveground portions of the flowering and fruiting plant of Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum, in small doses (1cc) has been used to treat roundworm, tapeworm, and hookworms. In general, it increases cardiac rate, promotes secretions of bronchial tubes and kidneys, and has also been used to treat hysteria.

McPherson, A. and S. McPherson. 1977  

"It is believed that prior to introduction of corn prehistoric Indians in Indiana cultivated lamb's quarters [Chenopodium sp.] is a green for its seeds. It is high in vitamins A and C and an excellent source of calcium".

Bush, L. L 1996  

Charred remains of Chenopodium spp. were found at a Myaamia Village (Fort Wayne), 1795-1812 (Ehler Site).

Bush L. L. 2003  

Archaeological studies have demonstrated that goosefoot was either cultivated or "strongly encouraged in wild stands" for consumption of seeds by Late Woodland (prior to 700 A.D. through approximately 1450 A.D.) indigenous peoples of central and southern Indiana.