J. A. Steyermark

Creator(s):
  • Field Museum of Natural History - Botany Department
  • Field Museum of Natural History - Botany Department
Creator role(s):
  • Creator
  • Creator
  • Protium copal (Schltdl. & Cham.) Engl., Guatemala, J. A. Steyermark 46220, F
    Creator: Field Museum of Natural History - Botany Department
    (c) Field Museum of Natural History - CC BY-NC 4.0
    Description: Protium copal (Schltdl. & Cham.) Engl., Guatemala, J. A. Steyermark 46220, F
  • Protium copal (Schltdl. & Cham.) Engl., Guatemala, J. A. Steyermark 46220, F
    Creator: Field Museum of Natural History - Botany Department
    (c) Field Museum of Natural History - CC BY-NC 4.0
    Description: Protium copal (Schltdl. & Cham.) Engl., Guatemala, J. A. Steyermark 46220, F
Current Determination: Protium copal (Schltdl. & Cham.) Engl.
Family: Burseraceae
Elevation: 50
Habitat/Microhabitat: forested, rocky limestone shores

Collector(s): J. A. Steyermark
Collection Date: 3 May 1942
Description: Uses: Resin used for incense; bark used medicinally; leaves make a tea for wash for fever (Anderson et al. 2003:201). Aromático, melífera y en medicina se utiliza para tratar heridas y llagas [Souza N., 1942]; contra las llagas ocasionadas por picaduras de moscas [Del Amo, 1979]; es cicatrizante; maderable; forraje para caballos; ritual en cerermonias para espantar malos espiritus (Arellano et al. 2003:92). Sap burned as incense tz'ak u-y-itz' heated for rheumatism and toothache; wood for fencing (Atran 1993:Table 2). Common names: Pom, copal (Anderson et al. 2003:302). Copal [Barrera, 1976]; copal blanco, sak-chaca, poom te', poum (Arellano et al. 2003:92). Copalillo (Chis), jomte (Huasteco, SLP) [Martinez, 1979] (Arellano et al. 2003:92). Incense tree, copal, palo santo, pom (Atran 1993:Table 2). Pom, incense tree (Bricker and Miram 2002:498).
Catalog Subset: Economic Botany
Catalog Project: Mesoamerican Ethnobotany
EMu IRN: 2114750
OccurenceID: 2ccc8fe5-6a94-4034-9ddf-07b30a31512f

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