Edible Plants of Wetlands – Provided Food for the Classic Maya: Sagittaria species

There are plenty of plants living in wetlands that are edible, as Sagittaria species. With its tubers and flowers, Sagittaria latifolia has been used by Mayan people as a source of food in lowland areas.

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During certain expeditions, FLAAR Mesoamerica’s team has found several plant species of relevance as a source of food by Mayan people, including plants growing in aquatic habitats such as wetlands. Sagittaria latiifolia is one of those species: an edible plant pollinated by insects and dispersed by water and animals, found in lowland areas in the Municipio de Livingston, Izabal.

Author:
Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth
 
Date:
January 2021

 
Photographers:
Nicholas Hellmuth
David Arrivillaga
María Alejandra Gutiérrez
Vicky Castillo
 
Manager of design and layout:
Lic. Andrea Sánchez Díaz
 
Layout design of this first edition:
Carlos Marroquín

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