Category: Botany

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Planting the Seed for the Up and Coming 200-feet Natural Towers

For many, thinking about Colombia brings the self-inflicted notions by watching  Netflix series. But the country´s reality is far from such. Think of a country where one-third of its land is filled with jungles. Rivers such as the Caqueta, the Putumayo, the Apaporis, or the world-renown Amazonas bring life to its inhabitants. But what if I told you deforestation has become up a raising … Read More Planting the Seed for the Up and Coming 200-feet Natural Towers

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New Orchid Discovered in Colombia

A new orchid has been found in the Western Andes of Colombia. This new orchid species is endemic to a small area. Its name, the Dracula orchid. The publication and its description in Volume 20, Number 2 issue of Lankesteriana International Journal of Orchidiology has made it official. The name has been given after Leonardo DiCaprio’s mother, Irmelin Indenbirken, in recognition of DiCaprio´s commitment … Read More New Orchid Discovered in Colombia

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The Medicinal Plant Markets of Bogota, Colombia

In a recent article published by the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine the authors (Rainer W. Bussmann, Narel Y. Paniagua Zambrana, Carolina Romero and Robbie E. Hart) presented the results of their study exploring multiple markets in Colombia’s capital. The study encountered 409 plant species belonging to 319 genera and 122 families. These were used for a total of 19 disease categories with 318 different applications. They … Read More The Medicinal Plant Markets of Bogota, Colombia

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The Ethnobotany of Eden

Geographer Robert A. Voeks’s new book will soon be available. In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common cold. To access such miracles, we need only to discover and protect these medicinal treasures before they succumb to the corrosive forces of the modern world. … Read More The Ethnobotany of Eden

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Pollen of Colombian Magnolias

This post is the latest in the series Uncover Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. A new journal article in Caldasia about the pollen of Colombian magnolias by Marcela Serna-González and César Velásquez-Ruiz was recently published by the Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. The articles unveils how Colombia, with 36 species, … Read More Pollen of Colombian Magnolias