Lomatium cous

biscuitroot, cous, kouse, white camas

Lomatium cous (S. Watson) J.M. Coult. & Rose is a low-growing perennial with finely divided and narrow leaves. The small flowers are yellow and grow in irregular umbrella-like clusters. 

Lomatium cous roots may be tuberous but are more commonly slender and elongate, generally less than 2.5 cm in diameter.

Cultural Narrative: 

Biscuitroot is a prized food and dietary staple among many Interior Groups, most notably among the Niimiipuu. The roots are prepared similarly to other lomatiums and can be boiled, dried whole, ground, or created into small cakes. Biscuitroot also has several medicinal uses. 

Location Description: 

Dry rocky slopes and foothills, often found in association with sagebrush.