Botanist talks trees in Pedasi!

Rolando Perez (3rd from left) and participants on Sunday field walk, c. Ruth Metzel


The 19 and 20th of March were big days for tree science in Pedasi, as Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute botanist Rolando Perez spent the weekend discussing with community residents about botany science and the uses and characteristics of some of the rarest tree species in the region. The talk aimed to give a sense of the local history and lore embodied by the plants that surround us in our everyday lives. According to Mr. Perez, “Something that has to be rescued is the traditional uses of plants, so that the tradition that has been passed down from our grandparents does not die. For example, in the past a grandfather would show his son that the “moro” tree is good to make cart wheels, but today much of that has been lost because our youth are dedicated to other things and have lost touch with the land.”

View this presentation in Spanish: Árboles de Panamá Con Énfasis en la Península de Azuero.

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