Cistanche tubulosa (Schenk) Wight – Famine Foods

Cistanche tubulosa (Schenk) Wight



The substantial starchy ‘root’ (in fact an underground stem) was eaten, in the Middle East and North Africa.

Botanical Family: Orobanchaceae


Thorgood, Christopher. 2022. Chasing Plants
Journeys with a Botanist through Rainforests, Swamps, and Mountains
Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Thorgood, Chris J., Leon, Christine J., Di Lei, Rajeed Aldughayman, Huang, Lin-Tang & Hawkins, juliie A. 2021 (June) Desert hyacinths: An obscure solution to a global problem? Plants People Planet. Flora Obscura

Thorgood, Christopher. 2023 (July). Personal communication.



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Desert Hyacinth

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