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Canastos: Ethnobotany and the Economic Importance

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Benzecry A

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2005

Economic Botany

59

290-294

The main natural sources for the manufacture of canastos are the stems of four taxa of lianas (woody vines) from the Bignoniaceae family which grows in the tropical forests of Central America. Pilot studies on the Coto Brus Forest Reserve have demonstrated that if the appropriate resources are properly managed tropical forests can generate substantial market benefits.

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The Liana Ecology Project is supported by Marquette University and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.