Bulrush

(Scirpus lacustris) This is the true Bulrush, the plant usually meant by that name is in fact the False Bulrush, Typha latifolia. In aboriginal America, bulrush provided the sacred yellow pollen of the San Carlos Apache. The medicine-man rubbed it on the affected part of his patients, and then sang, after which he would extract the disease in the usual sucking way of shamans. Sometimes he would put a little pollen in the patient's mouth (Youngken). Other Indian groups sometimes made the pollen into cake. It was collected by beating it off into a cloth (Havard).

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