Pediomelum esculentum (Pursh) Rydb.  
Family: Fabaceae
breadroot scurf-pea, pomme-de-prairie, prairie-turnip, shaggy prairie-turnip
[Psoralea esculenta Pursh]
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James R. Sime  
Etymology: Pediomelum: from the Greek for "plain apple"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb with many branches and spreading hairs; roots thicken into an edible tuber
Leaves: palmately 5-parted on stalks 1/2"-4" long
Flowers: blue, 5-parted, 3/4" long; inflorescence a 1"-3" tall, dense, conical spike of stalkless flowers; blooms May-July
Fruits: hairy pod
Habitat: dry; prairies, plains; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Special Concern
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Christopher Noll  
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James R. Sime  
Pediomelum esculentum image
Christopher Noll  
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