An endangered ritual plant




In the San Miguel region, communities with indigenous roots use wild specimens of Dasylirion acrotriche to build their ritual offerings (altars, canes, rosettes) during various traditional festivals.


The heart of the plant is formed by small, shiny ivory-colored curls shaped like spoons, which are detached and arranged to make altars, usually during ritual vigils that take place at night.

Unfortunately, this beautiful indigenous tradition has caused the drastic reduction of these plants in the wild. In the face of their possible extinction, since 2001 the botanical garden has carried out a local conservation program for the cucharilla with the participation of the communities, producing thousands of nursery plants, and distributing and planting them in different areas within the municipality.