Ethnobotany and Conservation In The Dominican Republic (ENGLISH CAPTIONS)

Ethnobotany and Conservation In The Dominican Republic (ENGLISH CAPTIONS)


I learned about the names of nearly all types of trees Because I have been taught by older people From ancient times, they prepare botellas (herbal mixtures) Of all types of roots for whatever illness I prepare a botella and you are always invited because This will work to cure, like we say This is a forest, that never has been cut Because of that, it is a virgin forest Because these trees are untouchable, at the slopes of the river This plant is manacla morada There are two types: white and dark This one is the dark one (manacla morada) That is used to make botellas for infection Together with other types of roots To prepare botellas that work directly on kidney problems The root of this one: manacla morada What else is used to prepare a medicinal botella? Some 100 different types of roots are added to the botella The most important plant is not just one, there are several For example, here we have pega palo The botella that does not have the root
of pega palo is not a botella Here we have bejuco de riñon, like we say Which is one of the most important plants Also amacey needs to be added You need to add the root of manacla The flower of coco indio You need to add jamaya You need to add the root of aruña gato You add a piece of maya Cola de caballo is also added to the botella All types of roots are added, and they are all important Because each one, as I explained, is going to do its work The trees, not everyone knows them perhaps By the same natural name that they have Sometimes, one single tree, I have seen that it has 2 or 3 names Now, what we have, are common names Of each of the plants that we are collecting Thus, it is important to collect them, and label each plant That we are collecting So that afterwards we can go to a herbarium And with a taxonomist who has experience with these plants Who will tell us to which plant family it belongs And what its scientific name is If this species is new to science What the importance of this plant is If the plant has been studied before That way we know if this species is in danger of extinction This way we also know which areas we can protect For example, if this terrain, On which we are walking now Has a lot of plant species that are in danger Then we know that this place Can be a protected area This is a plant, look at it, they call it yaya This plant does not appear everywhere It is cut to make axes, and for many other things This plant is not abundant It is disappearing from the mountains This plant is becoming rare It is found in the mountains Mainly on the banks of, at the edge of, the coastal hillside Is where it likes to grow You know that we, humans, Are descendants of families And there are family (lineages) that are disappearing This also happens to certain trees Since they are so useful as tools for labor People always go cut it Because it is a plant that grows very straight And is used for many different types of labor Because of that, it is disappearing Filming, co-editing and captioning: Ina Vandebroek ([email protected]), The New York Botanical Garden

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