Ammobroma sonorae.

Botanical name: 

Ammobroma sonorae Torr. Lennoaceae.

A leafless plant, native of New Mexico (Nope - MM). Col. Grey, the original discoverer of this plant, found it in the country of the Papago Indians, a barren, sandy waste, where rain scarcely ever falls, but "where nature has provided for the sustenance of man one of the most nutritious and palatable of vegetables." The plant is roasted upon hot coals and ground with mesquit beans and resembles in taste the sweet potato "but is far more delicate." It is very abundant in the hills; the whole plant, except the top, is buried in the sand.

Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.