Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology., Jay I. Kislak Reference Collection (Library of Congress). (1916). Bulletin. Washington: G.P.O.

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Out in the near distance there is an unearthly presence. Its sprawling vines present angular sandpapery leaves. They are pointing toward the hot sun as if to indicate its place in the sky. There has been a protracted drought in the semi-desert scrublands for some time, yet, the…

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Ilex paraguariensis

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Ilex paraguariensis, a South American holly tree responsible for providing humankind with the caffeinated beverage called Yerba Maté, has been a celebrated infusion in South America since a time immemorial. The leaves and unopened buds are steeped in tradition, sweetened with affection, and served in friendship.

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Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis

Buddha’s Hand being savagely prepared by the author.

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One afternoon, under the shade of a citron tree, Gautama Buddha reached toward a bough weighted with fruit. He plucked one and considered it for a moment. It was large, round and unappealing to the eye…

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