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Basic Collection Information and Status
Devil's Claw (Proboscidea parviflora, Martyniaceae)
Cultural Affiliation   Tohono O'odham
Collection Site   Arizona, United States (latitude: 32°; altitude: 1,900 ft / 600 m)
Collection Year   1980
Accession Status   Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Domesticated MulticlawedR006
White-seeded, many of the pods split into 3 or even 4 claws, instead of just two. Claw length is generally 8" or more.
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Current availability of this variety is summarized below. We encourage the use of these seeds to benefit humanity and strive to facilitate access through a number of channels.
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Collection Site
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The Native Seeds/SEARCH digital photo collection for this accession is provided below.
R02-001 CF '17 S1R02-001 CF02 FlR02-001 CF02 FrR02-001 CF02 L1R02-001 CF02 SR02-001 CF08 Fr, S1R02-001 CF08 Fr, S2R02-001 CF08 Fr,SR02-001 CF13 Fl1R02-001 CF13 Fl2R02-001 CF13 Fr1R02-001 CF13 Fr2R02-001 CF13 Fr3R02-001 CF13 Fr4R02-001 CF13 Fr5R02-001 CF13 Pl1R02-001PR02-001FVC
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Characterization and Evaluation
The table below lists observations of this accession's characteristics (why are characters sometimes listed more than once
?For some accessions, observations of a particular trait have been recorded over more than one season or location; these are indicated by the different values in the Lot column.
CharacterObservationLot, Frequency and CommentsCharacter Description (Source and Code)
claw length33.59 cmlot: CF '02
claws per fruit2.00lot: CF '02
Devil's Claw IntroductionCultivation InstructionsSeed Saving Instructions
Cultivated by many Southwest tribes. The black fiber of the fruit or "claw" is used in basketry. Seeds are rich in oil and protein, and dried seeds can be peeled and eaten. Very heat tolerant, the flowers and foliage make these attractive landscape plants.Peel and presoak seeds overnight for better germination. Plant with summer rains, 1/2 inch deep, and allow 2-4 feet between plants. Plants respond to hot, humid conditions of the summer monsoonsVarieties of this insect-pollinated annual will cross. Allow pods to dry and mature on the plant; harvest when they begin to open. Seeds can be removed with ice picks or pliers; be careful not to get poked by the razor-sharp claws.
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