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Chechem and Chaka

Postby DonWeber » Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:09 am

Please excuse this question from a non-botanist...

We were touring in Mexico, and were introduced to two trees: chechem and chaka. According to our guide, the sap of the chechem tree causes severe rashes on the human skin; the sap from the chaka tree is the antidote. But the strange part: they always grow near each other; one is never found without the other.

I've found Mayan myths to explain this, but nothing which would give a scientific explanation.

Does anyone know about this, or where I might learn more? It is fascinating.

Thank you in advance,

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Postby SororSaudade » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:06 pm

well, i had never heard about this, so forgive me if i'm not making any sense... but what's their effect on other animals/microrganisms? It could be something related to the fauna that's related to those trees... or maybe not. It could simply have to do with the environment conditions or be a coincidence.

It is very interesting though! Let me know if you find any explanation :wink:
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Postby Linn » Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:40 am

Well one factor is growing conditions.
Each plant likes the same lighting and soil conditions.

Or it could be explained like an other similar myth was about Poison Ivy and Jewel Weed AKA Touch-me-not. It was always believed that if you inadvertantly came in to contact with Poison Ivy, you should look for Jewel Weed that "could always be found growing close by".
squeese the pulp from the Jewel weed to the infected area and it neutrulizes the oil from the poison ivy and suposedly prevents a severe rash.

Research has shown that actualy Jewel weed likes specific conditions and Poison Ivy will grow any place. :twisted: So this myth was not true.
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Postby sachin » Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:40 am

That sounds like AntiVenum always stays behind Cobra.... :lol:
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