yaga bichiisa

Description

Common Names:
Zapotec
yaga bichiisa
Spanish
pata de elefante [RLC14,VOT14]
Audio:
Description:
Arborescent plant that reaches a height of 5 meters. It has a very thick stem which can be over a meter wide at its base but narrows towards the top. It also has thick bark. Both the flower and the fruit are white or cream-colored. It flowers during the rainy season, in the months of June and July. It is a plant of cultural significance because its long, thin leaves are used to make ornaments for the All Saints and Nine Days celebrations. The leaves are cut and woven together to make a crown or, along with the leaves of the guie' bandaga bata, a white star with a green center. The ornaments are hung on a wall, covering it completely. Because of its cultural significance and its popularity as a decorative houseplant, this plant is commonly removed from its natural habitat in the hills. The plant (scientific name Beaucarnea sanctomariana) is listed as an endangered species, and could become extinct in the short or medium term if its habitat and/or reproductive cycle are altered. It grows very slowly and may require the presence of other plants nearby for effective reproduction, so extraction affects its growth as well as its ability to reproduce. Therefore, the removal of yaga bichiisa from the hills where it grows naturally is against Mexican and international law. The survival of this plant will depend upon community awareness and the development of sustainable propagation and reproduction practices.
Habitat:
Selva baja caducifolia. Pastoreo de ganado. Selva baja caducifolia. Se quemo hace un año. Selva baja caducifolia. Pastoreo de ganado y aprovechamiento de madera.
Associated Flora:
yaga la guitu, yaazi, la xhadxi, yaga la guiaa, guie' chaachi, bidxi toope, palo mulato, guiichi ndani, guiichi bidu', guie' gade, chubi', guie' se' nalase', yaazi, bioongo dani, guie' bi'chi, guie' chaachi, ma lu'lu, guie' yaase, chubi', yaga la guiaa, yaga la guitu, papaya dani, bichiisa, dxima, guiichi ndani, tau cuuni, tau cuuni yaase, guiichi bidu', fitufiu', guie' chaachi, dxima, batuuba, guiichi laya, bidxi toope, bidxi beenda, bidxi luba', bichiisa, guie' xhuuba, guiichi bixa'

Legend

Endangered
Protected
Non-native
Endemic to Mexico
Endemic to Oaxaca