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Plants of the Chaco

Wildlife Conservation Society & CABI, Bolivia 2001. Text: Environmental Education Unit, Kaa-Iya Project.

Plants of the Chaco

Not even plants are beyond the reach of cartoons. This manual for rural community teachers provides basic scientific knowledge on plant biology and hands-on instructions for keeping a rudimentary herbarium, which is an organised collection of useful plants, many of which you can eat. This is an important thing to have in the dry Gran Chaco region of southern Bolivia where this book was distributed.

As ever, the idea was to liven up things a little with some simple sketches. They all make sense when you look at them in the book, I promise!

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The same plant can have many different names
tree and paper
Long lost cousins
Paper wastage
A typical 'Toborochi' tree - Latin America's answer to the African baobab - provides shade for a busy meal.
This is how the more affluent landholders such as the Menonites clear forest in the Chaco.