Acocoxochitl : The Dahlia

acocoxochitl : (Nahuatl) “flower of hollow stems with water” – atl (water), cocotli (tube) and xochitl (flower) also called Chichipatli : (Nahuatl) “bitter medicine” – chichic (bitter) and patli (medicine) (1) an alternative translation is “dog medicine” chi (dog) and patli (medicine/medicinal herb) (Bye 1986) (Simeon 1984). It is sometimes said that chichimeca people are called “dog” people (although it is likely closer in translation … Continue reading Acocoxochitl : The Dahlia

Alache : Anoda cristata

from nahuatl alaztic (or alactic) meaning slippery. This no doubt refers to the mucilaginous baba (1) common to the Mallow (2) family. slime Malvaceae. Okra is a plant in this family that is commonly known for its “slime” producing capacity. Synonyms. Anoda hastata Cav., Sida cristata L., Anoda triloba Cav., Anoda dilleniana Cav. Also calledMalva, malvilla, malvarín, bimalva, malva de castilla, malva cimarrona, malva abrisca, … Continue reading Alache : Anoda cristata

Aztec Gods or States of Consciousness?

I have previously written of the mythology (1) of various Aztec deities (2) and even the origin of the word Aztec or if there was even a people known as the Aztecs (3). I recently came across a video regarding Dia de muertos (4) that has convoluted the issue even more. It seems that even amongst those knowledgeable of such things there is even more … Continue reading Aztec Gods or States of Consciousness?

Porophyllum fruticulosum

syn Porophyllum scoparium also called Hierba del venado, jarilla, romerillo (1) (Coahuila) Romerillo is also the common name for Bidens pilosa (which is also called black-jack, beggarticks, hairy beggarticks, cobbler’s pegs, devil’s needles, Spanish needle, shepherds needles, farmers friend, Devils Pitchfork, sticky beaks, toothache plant) Porophyllum X fruticulosum Rydb. was first proposed in 1916 as a species, typified by a specimen collected by Palmer near … Continue reading Porophyllum fruticulosum

Lactucarium. Parte the Thirde.

Aaaaargh. My daughter (bless her soul) was cleaning the house today (again with the blessings) and she “cleaned up” all the dried sap/latex/resin I had collected. Aaaaargh. To the beginning I go. The main plant I have been collecting from has grown considerably taller. By about a third perhaps. (7 bricks taller maybe). The plant has also sprouted a few more growing tips. I found … Continue reading Lactucarium. Parte the Thirde.


or tequexquite (from Nahuatl tequixquitl) tetl: stone, and quix-quitl: sprout, sprouting stone. Quixquitl has also been said to translate as “foaming/efflorescent” (1) (Parsons 2001) or “something that comes out by itself, that floats” (algo que sale por sí mismo, que flota). In chemistry, efflorescence (which means “to flower out” in French) is the migration of a salt to the surface of a porous material, where … Continue reading Tequesquite

Porophyllum amplexicaule

The classification of some porophyllums can be somewhat problematic. Even if we completely discount the confusion over the common names of plants in this family there are still stumbling blocks present even in the Latin binomial nomenclature (1) of the species. Binomial nomenclature (“two-term naming system”), a formal system of naming species of living things by giving each a name composed of two parts, both … Continue reading Porophyllum amplexicaule

Damianita : Chrysactinia mexicana

Syn Pectis taxifolia Also called : false damiana (1), damianita daisy, Garañona, Calanca (Vera Cruz) ; Yeyepaxtle (Puebla) ; San Nicolas; hierba de San Nicolas (Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosi) ; damiana, damianita (Chihuahua, Durango, Texas), mariola (Valley of Mexico), false damiana, romerillo (Coahuila, Hidalgo); also said to be known as guayule (Lappas & Gustafson 1950) Bigelowia veneta and Haplopappus laricifolius are also called false … Continue reading Damianita : Chrysactinia mexicana

Porophyllum leiocarpum

Syn. : Anthemis valentina, Porophyllum macrocephalum DC. var. leiocarpum Urb. Also called : yerba de peo Porophyllum macrocephalum and Bifora testiculata have also been called yerba de peo. P.leiocarpum is native to the region of Puerto Rico and can also be found in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Brazil. This plant is considered an “invasive” in Venezuela. (Rodrigo etal 2007) In the Monograph of the … Continue reading Porophyllum leiocarpum