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Girasol 1161
Common sunflower G 1162

Sunflowers, a member of aster family native to North America, were and still is cultivated for their oil and their edible seeds [1] The spanish name of sunflower is girasol which means to turn with the sun, a behavior that is characteristic of the plant [2]

Chimalacatle was the name cited by Hernandez Historia de las plantas de Nueva España-

ArchaeologyEdit

Human consumption is deposited as coprolites [3]

Will et Burke (2006) stated a single origin of domesticated sunfower at east central US (cf. Heiser 1954), also by the evidence of charcoal of the fruit of the plant (i.e. achene) 4000 YBP
  1. http://archaeology.uiowa.edu/sunflowers
  2. http://prizedwriting.ucdavis.edu/past/2010-2011/the-mystery-of-the-domestication-of-helianthus-annuus-l-is-the-sunflower-still-north-america2019s-only-domesticate
  3. Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) as a pre-Columbian domesticate in Mexico

See alsoEdit

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