Cissus gossypiifolia – Wild Grape Vine Relatives of Mayan Rain Forests
The wild grape, (Cissus sp)., found in the Mayan rainforests of Guatemala, holds ecological significance and serves as a source of traditional medicine for different conditions. Notably, Cissus gossypifolia, distinguished by its vibrant red inflorescences and lush foliage, is highlighted in this document. The FLAAR Mesoamerica team has extensively documented this species and its genus counterparts in Lake Yaxha and Río Ixtinto, Petén, Guatemala, providing valuable botanical, empirical, and photographic resources to enhance understanding of these plants in the region.
The wild grape (Cissus sp.) is a distinctive and intriguing plant found within the Mayan rainforests. Guatemala is home to numerous wild grape species, each of great interest, not only for their unique biology and ecological role but also for their various medicinal applications by local communities in treating conditions such as hemorrhoids and specific intestinal infections. Among these, the wild grape species Cissus gossypifolia stands out, easily identifiable by its vines adorned with striking red inflorescences and its luxuriant, verdant foliage. The FLAAR Mesoamerica team has diligently documented this species and others from the same genus at Lake Yaxha and Río Ixtinto, Petén, Guatemala, providing readers with valuable insights into these plants and their distinctive attributes. This report encompasses comprehensive botanical, empirical, and photographic data on C. gossypifolia and other species of the genus, aiming to foster a deeper understanding of this particular plant found in the Petén region of Guatemala.
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