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Coca sacred plant of the Inca

Coca is one of four plants in the family Erythroxylaceae, cultivated for their psychoactive properties.

Coca has a long history of cultivation, a much longer history than that of its highly processed product cocaine.   319 more words

Heirloom Seeds: Mutually Accentuating Our Epigenetic Landscape -- Story Feature At Edible San Diego

I’ve always been naturally intrigued by what science refers to as ethnobotany — the relationships between plants and people. Thanks to Edible San Diego for publishing my thoughts on why tuning into this mutually accentuating relationship is so ecologically vital. 52 more words

Grow It!

It gives me the duck face

There is still time to contribute to the science of science communication! See the bottom of this post to do so AND also win prizes. Survey closes Nov 20, 2015. 451 more words


Introduction: Martha Warren Beckwith and Jamaican plant lore

The focus of this blog is the Jamaican plant lore, especially that which was associated with the spirit world, recorded by the American anthropologist and folklorist Martha Warren Beckwith in the 1920s. 230 more words




Hanis and Milluk Coos:  bi

Galice Creek Athabaskan: tʌnʌ´sh

Chasta Costa Athabaskan: tʌhʌ´sh

Siletz Athabaskan: dee-nvsh

The common manzanita of western Oregon is Arctostaphylos columbiana… 246 more words


Mallow for Food and Medicine

Malva parviflora (and other Malva species), called cheeseweed or mallow, is a common introduced “weed” found throughout California in urbanized areas.

The whole plant is edible, and has a mild and pleasant taste. 166 more words

Ethnobotany / Foraging

Foraging Fun: Nasturtium officinale

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a moisture loving herbaceous perennial in the mustard family (Brassicaceae) native to most of what is now Europe as well as parts of North Africa and northwestern Asia. 1,198 more words