X is for Xander root
Xander root is a bulbous, tuberous root, used predominantly in tribal medicine for its mild healing properties. The root is only found growing in the wild, usually around rocky outcrops or near withered vegetation and can be identified by skilled outdoorsmen by its exposed head and tall green leaves, jutting out from a small earthen mound. By itself the ingestion of the bland tasting but nutritious root has only a negligible restorative effect on one's constitution. Tribal medicine men and women however make use of the root in combination with ground up Broc flower to make a much more potent, though slightly narcotic, healing powder. The ascribed healing properties of Xander root have been ascertained by medical science as well. In the absence of proper synthesized chemicals, the root is sometimes used as an ingredient in stimpak production, though the scarcity of the root and failure to cultivate it makes this process impractical on a larger scale.