Category: Botany


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


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


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