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Economic Botany: Ethnobotany

Hlebakos, Jason [1].

Diversity of Quararibea funebris in the cenotes of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

CENOTES are natural sinkholes in the limestone platform of the Yucatan Peninsula. They are very important to the local Yucatec Maya people as they are water sources in a typically dry seasonal tropical forest, where surface water is generally lacking. Many cenotes support vegetation in microenvironments and are frequently sites of intensive management. Quararibea funebris (La Llave) Vischer is a spice tree native to humid tropical forests that is also found in cenotes of the Yucatan region. This species is not adapted to the seasonally dry tropical forest of the Yucatan, and the populations are isolated in cenote environments. These populations are disjunct from the natural range of the species, suggesting that they are the result of culturally mediated introductions. Ethnobotanical data and AFLP generated genetic structure are presented to further our understanding of the disjunct distributional patterns for this species in the cenotes of the Maya region.


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1 - University of California Riverside, Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, Riverside, California, 92521-0124, USA

Keywords:
cenote
AFLP
microenvironment
ethnobotany
Quararibea
tropical forest
disjunct.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 58-4
Location: 312/Bell Memorial Union
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Time: 2:45 PM
Abstract ID:802


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