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Phasmatodea, stickbug, walking stick – Jalisco, Mexico

October 23, 2014

I am no entomologist, but I do believe this is a stickbug. I took the photo on the Costa Careyes, Jalisco.

Please pass along any additional info via comment forum…

Stickbug, Mexico


Euphorbiaceae, Jatropha chamelensis, Papelillo amarillo, pinoncillo – Jalisco, Mexico

October 23, 2014

Here are some photos of Jatropha chamelensis and endangered / endemic to the chamela-cuixmala biosphere reserve in Jalisco Mexico. The bark is very similar to another tree in the area, also called papelillo amarillo, but belonging to the Bursera genus.. I’ve been waiting to get photos of the flower fruit of this one.

Here is a previous post on J. chamelensis.

And a list of previous posts on the Euphorbiaceae family. 

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Bignoniaceae vine, ID? – Jalisco, Mexico

October 2, 2014

I took these photos on the coast of Jalisco in Mexico. I’d be interested if any readers have ID suggestions (via comment forum). The flower and leaf reminded me of the south american medicinal vine Mansoa alliaceae (ajo sacha, wild garlic)… but flowers on this one are a bit different and the crushed leaves do not smell like garlic as they do with M. alliaceae.

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Clusiaceae, Garcinia livingstonei, Imbe, African mangosteen

September 26, 2014

Garcinia livingstonei enjoys a wide native range throughout Tropical E. Africa and parts of W. Africa. Outside of its native region the tree is relatively unknown to most, aside from your occasional rare fruit enthusiast.

The fruit is prized for its excellent flavor. The powdered root is used as an aphrodisiac. According to Coates Palgrave (2002) the fruits can be fermented into a pleasant alcoholic beverage. Once established trees require little to no maintenance and are highly resistant to pests and diseases. Thus the species is considered to hold potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.

The small tree can grow up to 18 m with highly sculptural growth habit. The fruit an orange berry, 10-40 mm in diameter, with yellowish orange, sticky juice.

I took these photos in Jalisco, Mexico where the tree seems to be very happy and healthy growing in a mixed species agroforest. Trees are growing steadily but have not yet produced fruit. A male and female are required for pollination and fruit set.

Click the following link for previous posts on species in the Garcinia genus.

Click this link for a few earlier posts on the Clusiaceae family. 

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Myrtaceae, Eugenia reinwardtiana, Cedar bay cherry – Jalisco, Mexico

September 26, 2014

Eugenia reinwardtiana is a large shrub / small tree native to the rainforest of N. Queensland, Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. I’ve written previous posts on a number of members of the Myrtaceae family and the Eugenia genus specifically. Click links or type family / genus into the search bar.

The fruit of E. reinwardtiana is edible with a taste and texture reminiscent of a cross between Cocoplum, (Chrysobalanus icaco) and Water apple (Syzygium). I took these photos on the Jalisco coast in Mexico where it is growing very well.

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Bignoniaceae, Parmentiera spp? – Jalisco, Mexico

September 25, 2014

This looks like a Parmentiera spp., of the Bignoniaceae family. Possibly Parmentiera aculeata? I took the photos last week in coastal Jalisco, Mexico. A guy I work with propagated a number of plants from seed he collected in his village. Any ID suggestions greatly appreciated. Here’s a link to Crescentia alata, the Mexican calabash tree, a Parmentiera relative also native to the region. Here are a few other previous posts on members of the Bignoniaceae family.

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Woman Healers of the World – Book

September 24, 2014

I recently contributed a photo of Tabernanthe iboga to this book: Woman Healers of the World By Holly Bellebuono (Skyhorse Publishing). I was just informed that the book has been published and am eagerly awaiting a copy in the mail. Here is a brief description of the book followed by a cover image. The book can be purchased directly from Skyhorse Publishing, Amazon, Good Reads, and a number of other sellers:  

Women Healers of the World 9781629145891(Click to enlarge)

The recent trend toward holistic living has heightened our national fascination with herbal remedies and less conventional therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, aromatherapy, and ethnobotany. Now, this intimate and inspiring book opens up the world of herbal medicine to those interested in learning about the history of these techniques and approaches.

Women Healers of the World shares with readers an extraordinary variety of healing plants from around the world that have inspired today’s “alternative” medicine, as well as the stories, challenges, and triumphs of remarkable women healers from past and present—all of whom promote the use of medicinal herbs.

Through this book, herbalist and author Holly Bellebuono aims to educate readers about sixteen plant-based world healing traditions and thirty women who have practiced them. Bellebuono also explores the geography, history, and medical heritage of twenty countries where these traditions originated.

With thorough knowledge of the uses and effects of these healing traditions, readers can then move on to featured recipes for herbal remedies they can make in their home kitchens. Following Bellebuono’s instructions, readers will produce remedies such as soothing lip balms, wound pastes, face masks, arthritis oils, relaxing bath salts, and revitalizing teas.