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From: Traditional knowledge among Zapotecs of Sierra Madre Del Sur, Oaxaca. Does it represent a base for plant resources management and conservation?

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In this context, the semantic structure of terms used for the 757 plants exhibit a regular pattern highly related to morphological, anatomical, physiological and ecological attributes, which allows us to group plants in a hierarchical structure. Zapotecs clearly differentiate many fungi, identified as mbey, from animals, grouped under ma’a, and from plants, known as wán (vegetation). This term is also applied to the vegetation, which means that unlike individual beings, the plants are perceived as a whole and integrated into different systems (e.g., primary or secondary vegetation).

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