“…When all is already withered My little babies: "Bread! Bread!" They cry to me Just you [weedy field mustard], with your dew drops clean the little faces of my babes With your little green leaves, Kindly you give us food…”
Since receiving the Society of Ethnobiology’s Indigenous Ethnobiologist Fellowship I have conducted a preliminary survey of Desert Chia’s (Saliva columbariae) genetic variation that will be used to guide further research into the evolution and biology of this ubiquitous species. Salvia columbariae is an herbaceous annual in the Mint family (Lamiaceae) that grows in a wide range of environments throughout California and the southwestern United States, including Sonora, Mexico.