An Economic Botany Collection
Richard H. Zander
July 21, 2006
Res Botanica, a Missouri Botanical Garden Web Site





Birch Bark/Sweetgrass/Porcupine Quills Autograph Book

Iroquois: Sold at Six Nations Reservation, Grand River, Ontario, 1972 Betula papyrifera.


Child's Basket.  Wild Honeysuckle Vines and Walnut dye

by Nancy Conseen, Cherokee. 


Black "Moss": Alectoria fremontii, A lichen from British Columbia, which the indigenes cook as food. The yellow lichen is Evernia vulpina, once used for poisoning wolves.

Courtesy N. J. Turner, 1972.


Corn husk doll, Iroquois.


Corn Husk Mask, miniature.  "Guardian Size" "He Refuses Everyone" Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Six Nations tourist store 1972


Evernia vulpina, Wolf’s Poison. Used, reportedly, by Native Americans of NW North America to poison wolves.


False Face Masks miniatures. Basswood, Tilia sp., Seneca, Allegany Reservation, N.Y. 1972.


Hickory Rattle, Hickoria. Probably filled with black cherry pits. Fall Festival, 1972, Allegany Seneca Indian Reservation, Salamanca, New York.


Indian Corn, dwarf.


Medicinal herbs at a market in Mexico City, 1972.


Medicinal plant store, Mexico City, 1972.


Sweetgrass basket.


Birch bark canoe, Betula papyrifera, Betulaceae. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, 1972.


Crescentia cujete, Bignoniaceae. Medicinal plant store. Mexico City, 1972. Fruit shell used for calabash cups, pulp used medicinally for cough and as laxative.


"Doradilla" or Resurrection Fern, Selaginella lepidophylla, Selaginellaceae. Medicinal plant store in Mexico City, 1972.

Popular medicine for gallstones, as a diuretic, and against diseases of the liver and kidneys.


Maybee bark. Unknown use.



Mo-jo, Ipomoea jalapa. “I got my mo-jo working.”


Pithecotenium sp., Medicinal plant store, Mexico City, 1972.


Powerful Indian Oil.


Thevetia nereifolia, Medicinal plant store. Mexico City, 1972. Use: no se.


Veratrum viride, Riker Labs.


Medicinal herbs at market, Mexico City, 1972.


Medicinal plant store, Mexico City, 1972.


Sagwa Kickapoo medicine.