anthropogen

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature

Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Cacao in Mesoamerica

Here’s a recent, relatively brief but interesting and thorough article on the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Chocolate in Mesoamerica. For a more in-depth read on the subject, I’ll recommend […]

Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence – Aguas Zarcas, Costa Rica

A friend, Stephen Brooks, recently contacted me with information on an enthnobotanical / medicinal plant convergence he is coordinating next March in Costa Rica. This will undoubtedly be a fascinating […]

Myrtaceae, Luma apiculata (Myrtus luma, Eugenia apiculata) , kelümamüll (Mapuche), luma, arrayan – Temperate S. America

Luma apiculata (also variously known as Eugenia apiculata and Myrtus luma) is a member of the Myrtaceae family and related to such ethnobotanically significant plants as Jaboticaba, Clove, Allspice, Eugenia […]

Plants you aren’t growing, but should be: Solanum muricatum, pepino dulce

Solanum muricatum: One of many members of the Solanaceae family. Close relatives of this plant include Brugmansia spp, Iochroma spp, Datura spp., Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers, Potatoes, and many more. It’s […]

A plant from Chile that kills and eats sheep… Puya chilensis

Puya chilensis, a temperate climate evergreen perennial and close relative to the comparatively tame pineapple, catches, kills and feeds off of relatively large mammals, including sheep. P. chilensis doesn’t consume […]

Plants you aren’t growing, but should be: Capsicum pubescens, Rocoto

Capsicum pubescens, commonly known as Rocoto, is the least widespread and oldest cultivated species of all domesticated peppers; it has been grown for 5,000+ years. All pepper species are native […]

Plants you aren’t growing, but should be: Ugni molinae (Myrtus ugni)

… And if you are already growing it, I would be  interested in any thoughts/info/feedback you may have regarding the plant via the comment forum… Ugni molinae (Myrtus ugni, Eugenia […]