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Whau - Entelea arborescens

Whau is immediately distinctive in the New Zealand forest; with its large floppy heart-shaped leaves and spiky bommy knocker seeds. It produces one of the lightest woods in the world, and as such was a valuable resource for Maori. 163 more words

New Zealand

Tawa - Beilschimedia tawa

History & Culture

The long willow-like branches of Tawa have stolen the lives of many Kereru in their time. Maori hunters would climb great trees, carrying with them immense Tawa lances – sometimes greater than 10 metres long. 455 more words

New Zealand

Now Available: Database of Mesoamerican Ethnobotany

Now available: the Mesoamerican Ethnobotanical Database. “Having already demonstrated that ancient botanical remains could be collected from lowland tropical locations during excavations of prehistoric Maya sites in Belize, the team discovered that few resources existed to identify the family, genus or species of the specimens…. 38 more words

New Resources


Mr. Anderson’s work is often, like his colleague Elizabeth Kolbert’s, unusually thick in detail, and often kind of heavy. This item is heavy, detailed, but fascinating. 819 more words


Forager's Forecast

It was evident at last weekend’s Wild Edible Plants and Food Foraging class that berry season is upon us!  It has been an unusual harvest year with many wild foods appearing and ripening here much earlier than “normal.”  Here are just a few of the edible favorites that we gathered and enjoyed in the varied dishes gracing our table. 406 more words


Listen to 'Mys Alpli'

Edelwyss-Starnen sing the last verse of Mys Alpli. High in the Berner Oberland, an alp is a field, a pasture, a productive piece of mountain land where animals can be grazed. 236 more words