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North American Pawpaw Flower & Fruit by Katherine Ziff

FLOWER ESSENCES: INSPIRING PLANT CONSERVATION

By Katherine Ziff Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world – John Muir Where I grow plant spirits may safely play – Asimina triloba North American Pawpaw Flower & Fruit by Katherine Ziff What inspires care for Earth’s medicinal plants? How can we encourage a relational connection with nature that might lead to plant conservation? The plants themselves offer this to us in the form of flower essences. I learned this ...
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nuphar lake 2017

WILDCRAFTING IN A WARMING WORLD: TOWARDS REGENERATIVE PRACTICES FOR LIFE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Nuphar Lake in southeastern Oregon, 2017 by Scott Kloos It’s a clear, somewhat chilly September morning in the high desert mountains of southeastern Oregon. I am here with a small group of people facilitating a plant teacher immersion trip. The day previous we came to this same place to commune with Aspen (Populus tremuloides); today we will ceremonially connect with Yellow Pond-lily (Nuphar polysepala) and potentially harvest rhizomes from which we will make medicine to ...
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SACRED THREADS

by Paul Corbit Brown Imagine visiting a museum of art. Now imagine the curator invites you to peer through a microscope to examine the intricacies of an ancient tapestry. You quickly discover that the scene depicted in this artifact is actually composed of thousands upon thousands of threads. As you examine it more closely, you see that even a single color is made of thousands of threads, all imbuing a unique purpose within the context ...
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WHY DON’T WE STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES?

Have you ever heard the expression, “Stop and smell the roses?” Do you know that sensation when the fragrance hits your nostrils and suddenly everything else in the world fades away? Now approaching my middle age, I can say I have stopped, and how sweet the roses smell. At this time last year, I began writing answers to questions on an application to enter into a guide training program with the Association for Nature and ...
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IT’S ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE: IN VITRO METHODS FOR STORING MEDICINAL PLANT GERMPLASM

By Rustin A. Rohani, MA, BSc Despite the arrival of pharmaceutical drugs, humans have historically used plants to treat illnesses (Ganie et al., 2015). Even today, there are about 30 essential drugs directly sourced from plants (Veeresham, 2012). There are almost 18,000 documented medicinal plants in the world with many of them threatened from climate change and land usage (Willis & Bachman, 2016). The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the majority of the world’s ...
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DEATH OF THE DELTA

The Threat of Climate Change, Drought, and Hydropower Dams on the Mekong River’s Traditional Medicinal Plants and HealersAdd New by Dr. Michele Devlin Cambodian woman on traditional small sampan, moving through theMekong Delta wetlands The Mekong is the world’s 12th largest river and the longest in Southeast Asia. Its headwaters begin in China, and it then meanders for 2,700 miles through Tibet, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. More than 75% of the river is ...
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Ginseng Root – Credit: University of Kentucky, Agricultural Experiment Station Negatives, 1898.

GINSENG AND THE FATE OF THE COMMONS: A LESSON FROM HISTORY

by Luke Manget, PhD Ginseng Root – Credit: University of Kentucky, Agricultural Experiment Station Negatives, 1898. American colonists began exporting large amounts of American Ginseng (Panax Quiquefolia) roots to China in the early eighteenth century. The Chinese, who had been consuming the related Asian ginseng for thousands of years as a health tonic, found the American species to be an adequate substitute, providing generations of backcountry settlers with a ready market. By the turn of ...
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