Notes on Useful Plants of Mexico (Google eBook)

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1899 - Botany - 51 pages
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Page 210 - Nearly 50 native species of Phaseolus have been reported from Mexico and Central America, and I have no doubt but many yet remain undescribed.
Page 262 - Eosapara is a white and spiny hikora differing from the two already mentioned. It must be touched with clean hands and only by people who are well baptized, for he is a good Christian, say the Christian Tarahumaris, and keeps a sharp eye upon the people around him.
Page 256 - Engelm, cut off into lengths of 18 to 30 dm. (5 to 9 feet) and transplanted into rows closely set together, forming an almost impenetrable break against all kinds of stock. These branches finally take root and grow slowly, rarely sending off short side branches, and ultimately flowering and fruiting near the tops. The large fruits are covered with long yellow bristles set close against the trunk, and furnish rich granaries stored with many seeds for the birds. Dr. Palmer tells me that Cereus thurberi...
Page 262 - This is one of the most interesting trees which was seen on the west coast of Mexico. It is peculiar in fruit, flower, foliage, and habit. While the genus belongs to the Bignoniaceae, the hard, indehiscent, gourd-like fruit and the wingless seeds are opposed to our usual ideas of this order. The large brownish flowers are borne on the old wood, often on the largest branches, frequently even low down on the meal trunk itself, and thus the fruits look as if they were glued on the sides of the tree.
Page 228 - The skunk ipaxote is a general medicine in use among the common people and supposed to have various virtues, being usually taken in the form of a tea, which is reported to cure colic, pneumonia, etc. (Herb. No. 3610 and EB No. 28.) My specimens were bought on the plaza at Colotlan, September, 1897. MAGNOLIACEAE. Magnolia sp. CORPUS. From the flowers a tea is made which is used to cure scorpion bites. The flowers are brought from trees which grow in the western foothills at an altitude of 3,000 to...
Page 226 - The leafy branches are gathered in bundles and dried. The crushed leaves are very fragrant and aromatic. It is a small glabrous shrub with narrow lanceolate leaves. pale green above, whitish beneath, and thickly covered with small pellucid dots. It grows high upon the mountains.
Page 237 - In. Mexico he further states the wood known as "Brazil" is largely used throughout the country as a dye-wood, giving a dark brown or red coloxir, used to colour tomales, mats, and Agave fibre. It is not now so extensively exported from the West Coast as formerly, but it is one of the chief exports from Altata, while much wood is shipped from Piaxtla and also from Mazatlan. The wood from Altata goes chiefly to Havre and Hamburg, ships...
Page 261 - Mexican towns have a religious derivation than any other, yet a great many towns and hamlets, especially of the smaller ones, are named for plants. Among the first class one finds such names as Jesus Maria, Pedro Paulo, Concepcion, and hundreds of names with the prefixes "San" and
Page 229 - This plant is a small Euphorbia said to have come from the high mountains east of Acaponeta. (Herb. No. 1520 and EB No. 122.) It is boiled and used as a poultice to reduce swellings and cure sores. Jatropha curcas L.
Page 221 - soft" drinks of the country, which is said to be very refreshing, is made from these fruits. The following specimens were obtained : EB No. 105. Fruit in formalin, obtained at Guadalajara, September, 1897. Herb. No. 2006. Specimens from a tree seen in the Indian village of San Blascito, Tepic, Augnst 4, 1897. Psidium spp. GUAYADA. Guavas, or "guayabas," as they are called in Mexico, are common along the coast and in the hot valleys of the interior.

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