The useful flora from two native communities of the Valley
of Tehuacan-Cuicatlan: Coxcatlan and Zapotitlan de las Salinas,
Puebla, México (FES-I, UNAM)

Faculty of Superior Studies – Iztacala, UNAM
Biology, Technology and Prototypes Unit (UBIPRO)
Research and Graduate Division
Av. de los Barrios s/n
Col. Los Reyes Iztacala
54090 Tlalnepantla, Edo. de Mexico, Mexico.
Phone: 5623 1152
Fax 5623 1193

Dra. Patricia Dávila Aranda
Head of the Project
Laboratory of Natural Resources
Phone: 5623 1219

The recent creation of the Biosphere Reserve of the Valle de Tehuacan-Cuicatlan sets an important perspective in the conservation of one of the top biodiversity reservoirs in dry and demi-dry zones in Mexico. This region is also known for its important cultural diversity. It is represented by 7 ethnic groups (The Nahuas, Popolocas, Mazatecos, Chinantecos, Ichcatecos, Cuicatecos y Mixtecos), with a long tradition of interaction with the biota in this region.

This main goal of the project is to obtain a useful flora inventory from the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Valley, through the compilation of ethnobotanical information from the plants used by Nahuas and Popolocas in Coaxcatlan and Zapotitlan de las Salinas respectively. Also, the inventory will include data about the usage and handling of the plants, their availability through the year and the ecological zones where they can be recollected. The database includes 4 058 specimens, that represent 92 family, 276 genera and 412 species recollected from 1 110 localities, it belongs to the  SNIB.

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