Tenochtitlan in Australia?

The Mesoamerican deity Huitzilopochtli was the patron god of the Mexican people during the height of Aztec rule. Where he stands now is a little less clear though. Huitzilopochtli’s legend goes (1) that after he was betrayed by a nephew he killed him and removed his heart. This heart was disposed of on an island in the middle of Lake Texcoco and, like many creation … Continue reading Tenochtitlan in Australia?

Porophyllum nummularium

SynonymsEupatorium punctatum Mill., Gardn. Diet. ed. 8, no. 1 1. 1768.Kleinia jorullensis HBK, Nov. Gen. & Sp. 4:156. 1820.Porophyllum nummularium DC, Prodr. 5:649. 1836.Porophyllum jorullcnse Cass., Diet. Sci. Nat. 43:57. 1826.Porophyllum ervendbergii Gray, Proc. Amer. Acad. 19:35. 1883.Porophyllum palmeri Rose, Contr. U.S. Nat. Herb. 1 :338. 1895.Porophyllum nelsonii Robins. & Greenm., Proc. Amer. Acad. 32:32. 1896.Porophyllum millspaughii Robins, in Millsp., Field Columb. Mus. Publ. Bot. … Continue reading Porophyllum nummularium

The Maguey as building material.

The pencas of the maguey can be used as a form of roofing or wall covering material. Once heated over an open flame they become flexible and can be threaded through a wooden frame to create a waterproof covering. The quiote can also be used as a building material and it finds its greatest utility when dried.  It is often used as firewood and has been used … Continue reading The Maguey as building material.


Leucaena leucocephala leucocephala (“leu” meaning white from the Greek “leukos” and “cephala” – head refers to the flowers) also known as cuaje, huajes, hauxya, huaxin, guash, guashe (Chiapas), guaje beans, cacalas, cascalhuite, Leadtree, White Popinac, Wild Tamarind or River Tamarind; Uaxim (Maya), ipil ipil (Philippines), Narendhar (India), Safed babul (Hindi), White Babool, Yin He Huan (Chinese) When the Spanish arrived in southern Mexico in 1521, … Continue reading Guaje.

Environmentally Friendly Paint from the Nopal Cactus

The nopal, much like the maguey, plays a pivotal role in the history of Mexico. Not only used as both food (1) and medicine both plants have a space in the creation legends of Mexico and both have multiple cultural usages. for both humans and livestock For many generations prior to the arrival of the Spanish the Mexican people made a durable and environmentally friendly … Continue reading Environmentally Friendly Paint from the Nopal Cactus

Yepaquilitl : Another Skunk Weed

Acacia acatlensis Cover photo : Young shoots of yepaquilitl : courtesy of Explora Jolalpan via Facebook. Syn. Senegalia acatlensis ; Acacia pueblensis ; Mariosousa acatlensis Also called borreguitos/ borrequitos, (also árbol del borrego), yepaquilitl (skunk Quelites) or yepaquihle, huizache, guayalote, guayote (Michoacan), quebrajache, guajillo (Puebla), chindata, chondata, chivos, tiñu, tlahuitole Another plant known by the Nahuatl terminology yepaquilitl is A.acatlensis. It is known by the … Continue reading Yepaquilitl : Another Skunk Weed

Festival for El Salvador

In early June, El Salvador was hit by Tropical Storm Amanda and tropical storm Cristobal in quick succession, causing deadly flooding and landslides across the country.Many communities have lost everything and are now living in shelters waiting for aid to arrive so they can survive.This happened when the country was under a long and strict quarantine, due to COVID-19. It deepened their poor socioeconomic situation, … Continue reading Festival for El Salvador


Porophyllum obtusifolium (?) Pipicha/Pipitza/Chepiche (Porophyllum tagetoides) (syn P.linaria) is a narrow leaved variety of poreleaf which is popular in Oaxaca (see Post Chepiche/Pipicha Porophyllum tagetoides ). Pipitzca may or may not be this herb. There are several pore leafs that have been identified as pipitzca. P.tagetoides (1) and P.punctatum (2) have been called pipitzca (Ortíz-Sánchez etal 2015) and even the naming of the herb P.obtusifolium … Continue reading Pipitzcaquilitl

Mexican Mint Marigold

Tagetes lemmonii Also called : rudilla, Lemmons marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy, Mountain Marigold, Mexican Marigold, Passionfruit Marigold, Tree Marigold, Tangerine Marigold, Mount Lemmon Marigold, Texas tarragon T.lucida (pericón) is also known by the moniker Mexican Mint Marigold. (See Post : Pericón. Tagetes lucida) T.lemmonii is native to the states of Sonora and Sinaloa in north-western Mexico as well as southern Arizona in the Estados Unidos. … Continue reading Mexican Mint Marigold