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Sacred plants of the Maya forest

Date : 5th June 2009, Source : BBC Link to News Story



Some of the Central American rainforest's hidden treasures are being revealed by the Maya, more than a millennium after their passing. A study of the giant trees and beautiful flowers depicted in Maya art has identified which they held sacred. Created during the Maya Classic Period, the depictions are so accurate they could help researchers spot plants with hitherto unknown medicinal uses. The research is published in the journal Economic Botany.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8083000/8083812.stm





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