Seeds of ḴEXMIN, Lomatium nudicaule, six weeks from maturation as the land dries in early summer

2020 July 4 ḴEXMIN @ Lək̓ʷəŋən lands, Vancouver Island P1010019
2020 July 4 KEXMIN @ Lək̓ʷəŋən lands P1010060

This field of ḴEXMIN [SENĆOŦEN], Lomatium nudicaule, is in an urban park in Lək̓ʷəŋən territory and has been spared one of the most serious contemporary threats to northern populations of this species: excessive deer browsing due to predator suppression.

2020 July 4 ḴEXMIN @ Lək̓ʷəŋən lands, Vancouver Island P1010022

On the 4th of July, 2020, the land is drying out for the summer, the thick stalks of this carrot species have gone fully erect and the swollen green seeds are beginning to turn red and tan and desiccate. These seeds are roughly six weeks from being fully maturing and beginning to blow away and be harvested for Salish ceremonies.

 

 

 
 

 
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Coastal sage, Artemisia suksdorfii, flowering and going to seed in the early summer

2020 July 6 coastal sage in an exclosure of repurposed sheep fencing in the
ḴEXMIN field station restoration area P1010012

There are several species of West coast mugworts or sages with the ecology of coastal sage, Artemisia suksdorfii, associated with dry maritime cliffs often with salt air and relatively uncommon, is somewhat unclear.

This pungent species had some uses for the Salish, particularly related to its aromatic oils, extending to digestive medicine.