By M.D. Fairchild
Part 3 in the ebook series reviewing 39 amazing tropical tree species
Revealing hidden medicines..
This series informs through renewed perspectives with the aim of fostering a better understanding of various tropical species through balanced integrated science based approaches, in some cases those that take many ‘invasive species’ often hidden narratives into account.
Part three in the pictorial read focuses on 39 more exotic species found in sunny south Florida, plants that are known for weathering intense warmth, benefiting from long seasonal growth phases, the regular presence of warm sun and when things are as usual, just enough friendly rain…? (yes I have noticed the weather is alot drier than usual…)
With clear color photographs accompanied by exhaustive reporting updated plant stories continue to emerge exposing more ‘secrets that aren’t really secret”.
Local plants as tropical genius chemists…
The e-books in this series are dedicated to citizen engagement discovering a widening nature, looking at data across disciplines, offering some insight into what is there in the nature all around us that can heal.
Knowledge of local plants empowers people so more people can benefit’.
Examining many hiding in plain sight tropical species for their gifts, color drenched exuberantly gushing floral spray, its well accepted the tropics have the potential to reflect more species diversity, determined by a warm inviting climates favorability for many kinds of plants (and insects and many other creatures) to thrive.Mirroring this vast potential, it is well recognized plants are responsible for about 87% of all new drug discovery.
Known as a mega biodiversity hotspot a historical marker for South Florida was 2012 being designated the hottest, driest season at that recent record, belies our usual damp tropical surroundings. At the time of this updated 2016 publication the last two seasons have brought several intense periods of drought, less regular rainfall patterns reflecting wider shifting weather patterns across the country. The local upshot many plants that normally thrive natives and others, may be experiencing difficulty owing the less rain than normal’ scenarios that challenge even drought and heat tolerant plants. What can be done? Plant more trees!!! Hopefully billions of them in places beset by reflective land masses bereft of green…
Note: Bionomial nomenclature or the two names naming system’ is used in this book series while common names are given for easy association, the former is essential for avoiding species ambiguities and making positive ID.
Reflecting on the cycle of life, the richness and diversity of our planet this is mirrored in worldwide commerce and the transfer of knowledge and thus broadly in reference to our story, many introduced exotic species and their oft deeper hidden value as emerging from science yet, borrowing from cultures who have used these agents previously and continue to do so as part of traditional medicine practices.
An important part of the local tropical plant picture asks after preserving biodiversity, in many cases an exercise in replantation efforts aimed at reestablishing pockets of Florida`s tropical rainforest and in many other places around the world.
Suggesting one notice nature in its various contexts, as food sourcing, medicine finding or simply enjoying natures charms, nature studies admit allowing deepening connection to ones surroundings and in relation, invites important discussions re sustainability, self-efficacy and self-reliance.
In regards these publications what arrives are the various narratives that come with plants maybe, “invasive species” problems and promise? A place where ethno- botany exposes important discoveries evidencing natures power to heal, it is well accepted plant cultures expanding pictures are known for affecting worldwide health scoring. (WHO)
Tying in it is estimated there maybe as many as three hundred thousand species that could thrive in the earths temperate regions. A deepening glance and one begins to get a picture of the vast abundance of resources the tropics hold as well, what a shifting, thriving or challenged nature means to humanity.
Reviewing 39 food and or medicine trees hidden wonders….
Important plant stories found in this e-book include the iconic assets:
Pau de Arco
and 25 more pan-tropical trees known for their healing potentials.
The materials on this site are for informational purposes only and are not to be considered as a substitute for qualified medical assistance.
When you purchase the e-books in this series you act to support increasing understanding of local biodiversity, funding neighborhood permaculture installations and knowledge sharing efforts in South Florida.
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