Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands
Navajo wild carrot
(a.k.a. sand dock, dock root, canyaigre, wild rhubarb)
Navajo wild carrot is not a carrot but rather a member of the buckwheat family. It is native to the southwest United States. It is known colloquially as a carrot perhaps because the root can be used to make a burnt orange dye. Wild carrot has also been used medicinally. The plants grow to a height of three feet and have tall, reddish stems. The leaves are basal, elliptic in shape, and sometimes wavy at the margin. Seeds are reddish-brown. Plants are found on sandy roadsides and fields at lower to middle elevations. The stems are reddish with an interior that is somewhat spongy with airspaces.
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