Devil's claw

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Native American tray
MFA# 1993.723
Native American jar
MFA# 1993.728


An uncommon annual plant (Proboscidea altheaefolia, Proboscidea parviflora) that is native to arid area in southwestern United States. Devil's claw was named for its large seed pods with hooked ends. The pods are edible before they ripen and become woody. The mature pods turn black or brown and split open releaseing the seeds. Fibers from these pods were used for weaving baskets.

Another plant, found in South Africa Harpagophytum procumbens is also called "devil's claw".

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Proboscidea altheaefolia; Proboscidea parviflora; black martynia; devil's horn; unicorn plant

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