la bere'

Description

Common Names:
Zapotec
la bere'
Spanish
gomero, palo de goma
Description:
The term la bere' refers to at least two different species of the Cordia genus. The name la bere' is used in La Ventosa, but other variants are used in other parts of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. In Juchitán, for example, the name gulabere' is used. The name guiabere' has also been documented, although modern Isthmus Zapotec speakers in La Ventosa do not recognize this name. In his Graphic-Phonemic Guide for Reading and Writing Zapotec, Eustaquio Jiménez Girón suggests the name goole bere', but again, this name is not recognized in La Ventosa. The la bere' is a somewhat scarce tree that can reach a height of 10 meters. It produces a fruit that grows in clusters and resembles a small, transparent grape. The fruit contains a gummy substance that is used as a natural glue. Children used to use the substance to build paper airplanes or for schoolwork. The tree also produces a white flower. The wood of the tree is used to make handles for shovels and pickaxes. Because the wood is light, it is also used to make shovels for transporting corn. The tree is considered to have medicinal properties for treating puffy eyes.
Habitat:
Selva baja caducifolia. A orilla de cultivo. Selva baja caducifolia. Uso ganadero. Selva baja caducifolia. Pastoreo de ganado. Zona urbana. Donde fue un campo de futbol y pastoreo de ganado.
Associated Flora:
yaga bii, chumaga, fitufiu', gula bere', guiichi bupu, yaga xiñá, biruba guiiña, xhaga la, yaga biibi, guiichi bidu', yaga la guitu, piñon, mata buey, guie' gade, guie' chaachi, bidxi, guiichi ndani, gula bere', papaya dani, guiichi bidu', sabi duni, yaazi, granadiu, guiichi bizaari, luba', du'ga dani, dxima yuxi, yaga la guitu, bacuella gui'xhi, guie' bi'chi, guie' se', guiichi ndani, gula bere', papaya dani, guiichi bidu', sabi duni, yaazi, granadiu, guiichi bizaari, luba', du'ga dani, dxima yuxi, yaga la guitu, bacuella gui'xhi, guie' bi'chi, guie' se', pistache, almendra, mangu, be'za yaga, chumaga muxe', guiichi yaa, biquiiche, gula bere', fitufiu', biibi, xhaga la, chumaga nguiu', biadxi, laurel, tulipan, guiichi gueda, limon real, eucalipto, bidxi toope