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The Mesoamerican Christmas tree: Pinabete (Abies guatemalensis Rehder.)
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The Mesoamerican Christmas tree: Pinabete (Abies guatemalensis Rehder.)

Abies guatemalensis Rehder is a species of pine (family Pinaceae) that commonly receives the name of Pinabete, Romerillo, or Pinabete of Guatemala; In Mayan languages, ​​it is known as Pashaque, Tz’in chaj, Pajchac, and Paqtxaq (INAB & MARN, 2017; INAB, 2019). Its natural distribution includes México (Jalisco), Guatemala, El Salvador and part of Honduras (Lempira).…

Medicinal plants of Guatemala: An approach to ethnobotany
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Medicinal plants of Guatemala: An approach to ethnobotany

Guatemala is widely known for being a Megadiverse country in terms of its natural and cultural resources, but this diversity is not only special for its uniqueness, but also for the management that has been given to it. The native people of the country have inherited important knowledge about the uses of plants for generations.…

Maize: The most important crop for The Mayan Culture
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Maize: The most important crop for The Mayan Culture

It is estimated that, in Mesoamerica, agriculture could have occurred 9,000 or 10,000 years ago, approximately. This area, which covers the southern half of Mexico and part of Central America, has been considered one of the most important centers of plant domestication in the world due to the coexistence of extraordinary plant diversity and a…

Why is Ceiba so important in our country and the Americas?
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Why is Ceiba so important in our country and the Americas?

Ceiba is one of the largest trees in the tropics, measuring up to 70 meters high and its roots up to 5 meters deep. It is a tree that we can find in most places in the towns of Guatemala. It was declared a National Tree on March 8, 1955. It is also very common…

Orchids of candelaria at Yaxha Lagoon
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Orchids of candelaria at Yaxha Lagoon

During our exploration in boat on Yaxha Lagoon, Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, in the distance we noticed a light pink flower on the shore. While we were advancing we could see more and more of these flowers tangled in the water grass. Maybe a signal to get closer. When we stopped the boat a few moments…