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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-

Archaeology

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

See also

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