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soap plant

n.
1. Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Chlorogalum of western North America, having small white or purple flowers. The bulbs of several species, especially C. pomeridianum, produce a soapy lather when crushed.
2. Any of various other plants having parts used as soap.
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soap′ plant`


n.
1. a California plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, of the lily family, the bulb of which was used by the Indians as a soap.
2. any of various other plants having parts that can be used as a soap.
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Abstract.--The purple amole Chlorogalum purpureum (Agavaceae) is a bulbous, perennial soap plant endemic to central California and listed as threatened under the U.S.
Similarly, bulbs of the Californian soaproot (Chlorogalum pomeridianum,
* two southern California plants, the purple amole (Chlorogalum purpureum var.
Purple Amole (Chlorogalum purpureum) We proposed on November 8 to designate critical habitat for two varieties of the purple amole, a threatened bulb-forming perennial in the lily family (Liliaceae), on about 21,980 acres (8,895 ha) in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties, California.
Amole (Chlorogalum pomeridianum) is a fairly widespread member of the lily family with a tennis ball-sized bulb.
Harrington also wrote that freshwater fish (primarily steelhead or "salmon") were caught with fishing poles, fish spears, nets made from Indian-hemp (Apocynum cannabinum) or nettle (Urtica dioica holosericea) cordage, hook-and-line, and fish poisons, notably pounded soap plant (Chlorogalum pomeridianum) (also see Craig 1967; Hudson and Blackburn 1979 1984; Timbrook 2008).
Purple Amole (Chlorogalum purpureum) Another plant found only in California's central coast region, the purple amole occurs at a few sites in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties.