Mexican Bald Cypress - Ahuehuete - Sabino
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Type in Ailment or Herb
Taxodium mucronatum Ten.
T. mexicanum Carr.
Common Names :
Montezuma bald cypress is a large, native,
semi deciduous to evergreen tree.
Mature height usually ranges from 60 to 100
feet (18-30 m),
but the oldest trees can be much taller.
A record height of 170 feet (51.8 m) has been reported for the
Tree of Montezuma
(Chapultepec Park, Mexico City)
which was estimated as 700
The Montezuma bald cypress is better known for its massive,
than for its height.
El Arbol del Tule (Oaxaca, Mexico),
an individual at least
1,000 years old and possibly much older,
is more than 50 feet (15 m) in diameter
and has a circumference of 117.6 feet (35.84 m).
Perimeter measures that include
the bays and promontories of the buttressed trunk
exceed 150 feet (45 m).
Montezuma bald cypress has a broad,
spreading crown with strong, horizontal
branches and delicate, weeping branch lets.
The leaves are 0.24 to 0.48 inch
(6-12 mm) long.
The staminate strobili are borne in long, slender spikes.
ovulate cones are subglobose and 0.59 to 0.98 inch (1.5-2.5 cm) in diameter.
bark is shreddy.
The roots of trees growing in standing water often send up
conical projections ("knees") .
Trees that experience periodic drying out,
as those growing along stream courses,
apparently do not form knees .
The Aztec's Use of Ahuehuete
The boiled leaf brew is used for varicose veins and hemorrhoid,
tonic for the heart
especially problems with the mitral valve,
for the lung,
liver and kidney congestion,
favors the elimination of retained liquids in the
difficulty in breathing
Applied as a poultice it favors the healing
(much faster and
cleaner scar) of wounds.
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Aztec's Method of Use
Take for 3 to
4 days the brew made from 3 grams of leaves to 100 grams of water.
heal exposed ulcers and wounds,
place a poultice over the affected area of the
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