Tevanebich is an important plant for the Tongva people who use it as a tonic and food source.  As a general tonic, it may only be prepared in the springtime. The leaves are gathered in early spring since by summer the leavesí hairy bristles harden into stickers, making them inedible.  The fresh leaves may also be cooked and eaten, along with the seeds, which may be roasted.   

Amsinkia intermedia is the most common form of tevanebich in the Los Angeles basin, but all species of this plant are used in the same way by the Tongva.

Amsinkia intermedia

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