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Beaucarnea pliabilis Rose
Maaya t’aan: Ts’iipil che’, X tuuk
Habitat: It is found in all types of coastal forest where the soil remains relatively dry, as it does not tolerate the steady flooding typical of mangrove forests.
Threats: Due to its handsome and interesting appearance, it is widely appreciated as a decorative plant in public and private gardens. As a result, it is in high demand, which is often met through illegal removal from the forest. Although seeds are collected and grown in nurseries for legal trade, the illegal removal from the forest and sale of large specimens ready for planting threatens these plants, which play an essential role in their ecosystem.
Uses and beliefs: In some Maya communities it is used for the treatment of earache; this is not recommended without first consulting a physician. In some areas, its leaves are used for thatching roofs.
How to protect it: Avoid cutting them down, harvesting their leaves, removing them from the forest, or purchasing them from vendors who are unauthorized to sell them.
Where to observe it: In the low-lying, coastal forested areas of the Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya grounds.