yerba mansa

Anemopsis californica

Yerba Mansa 2

Nevissa Raymond

Menaul School

Ethnobotany

4/10/19

Yerba Mansa
Anemopsis californica

Common names: bear root, lizard’s tail, yerba means herb and mansa means meek in spanish: “meek herb”

Botanical information:
The Yerba mansa has a flower with a narrow and tall stem that’s taller than its leaves, making the flower much more noticeable. It has wide ovule leaves whose size varies from small to large underneath the flower and hidden in the grass. The Yerba Mansa’s flower petals are only white. The flower is solitary though it is seen grouped together with other Yerba Mansas. The stamen is wider than the stem and larger than the petals. The stamen also consists of tiny petals all around, resembling a dome. Sometimes the Yerba Mansa doesn’t have flowers and just has short leaves.

Ecological information:
The Yerba mansa is located in the lower left parts of the states: Nebraska, Oaklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and California.
In the states that it’s located, it’s seen on dry ground but grows better in wet and flooded areas which is why they’re sometimes located around the river banks.

Contribution to local wildlife:
The plant’s roots impacts the wet areas it’s in by changing the soil chemistry of the ground, purifying and making it ant-microbial. This allows other plants to grow in wet areas, stabilizing and airing out the soil.

Ethnobotanical Information:
In landscaping, it’s used as a Deer resistence, planted in bogs; making the wet ground less soft, ponds, and as groundcover in lawns and gardens. The roots and rhizome of this herb are used to treat and disinfect wounds and soures, for colds, coughs and to cure ulcers since it’s anti-bacterial. The yerba mansa is a well known medical plant in the Southwest used for treating many different problems. As a medicine, it can be consumed in tea, extract, infusion, powder, dry capsul, and poultice (mashed leaves that is put over the skin and covered by cloth) form. You can smell the plant’s oil when you press your fingers into the soil near the Yerba Mansa plant. This plant can also prevent uric acid crystals from building up and causing kidney stones. In powdered form, it can be sprinkled onto the skin to reduce itchiness of athlete’s foot and diaper rash.

Work Citations

“Anemopsis.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 28 Sept. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anemopsis.

Plant Guide: Yerba mansa, plants usda.org, pdf,
https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_anca10.pdf

Plant database: Yerba mansa, wildflower.org, 17 Nov 2015, TWC staff
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=anca10

“Yerba Mansa – Anemopsis Californica.” United Plant Savers, unitedplantsavers.org/yerba-mansa-anemopsis-californica/.

“Yerba Mansa: Body Ecology Restoration.” Wisdom of the Plant Devas, 9 Mar. 2019, wisdomoftheplantdevas.com/2019/03/09/yerba-mansa-body-ecology-restoration/.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) nevissar311, all rights reserved, uploaded by nevissar311, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/56742038
  2. Adapted by nevissar311 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anemopsis_californica

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