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Yuccas and Nolinas

Nolina parryii
The thick-leaved Mojave yucca (Yucca schidigera), was not a main food source for desert Indians, although they did roast and eat the fruit pods. This yucca was most valued for its strong leaf fibers, which were used to weave mats and sandals, and for the soap extracted from the roots. Parry nolina (Nolina parryii), has long, thin leaves and is sometimes called beargrass. Its tall flower stalk was baked in a pit and eaten, but the taste was said to be somewhat bitter.


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