FROM CARD: "THRU [sic] GLOBULAR ROOTS OF THE STEMS WOUND WITH DYED QUILLS AND FASTENED TOGETHER AT THE END. NOT LOCATED 6/1978. LOAN SITE/GENERATIONS 7/09/87. LOAN RETURNED APR 8 1988."
From Musical Instrument Division card: "Three globular roots of the "Psarales Esculeuta" (pomme Blanche, Prairie Apple or turnip). The stems wound with dyed quills and fastened together at the ends. The bulbs are egg-shaped. The skin or husk has been removed."
Psoralea esculenta, common name prairie turnip or timpsula, is an herbaceous perennial plant native to prairies and dry woodlands of central North America, which bears a starchy tuberous root edible as a root vegetable. The plant is also known as Pediomelum esculentum. English names for the plant include tipsin, teepsenee, breadroot, breadroot scurf pea, large Indian breadroot and pomme blanche. The prairie turnip was a staple food of the Plains Indians. -Wikipedia contributors, "Psoralea esculenta," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Psoralea_esculenta&oldid=963549574 (accessed January 24, 2021).