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Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec

 
 
Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 10, 2019
1. Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec Marker
Inscription.  

Ahuehuetes de Chapultepec
Ahuehuete, del náhuatl “viejo del agua”, por sus raíces: atl: “agua” y huehuetl: “viejo”.

Considerado en la época prehispánica un árbol sagrado. Aun forma parte de ritos y leyendas. Según Heyden (1993) se dice que los dioses y los primeros caciques mixtecos de Apoala tuvieron su origen: “…en las ramas de arboles majestuosos que crecían en un río sagrado”.

El Ahuehuete tiene propiedades curativas, tanto en las hojas como en el cono y corteza.

Tenemos la obligación de cuidar, proteger y fomentar la permanencia de los Ahuehuetes en Chapultepec como parte de un patrimonio vivo que entregaremos a las siguientes generaciones.

English translation:
Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec
Ahuehuete, from the Náhuatl words meaning "old man of the water" (atl: "water" and huehuetl: "old").

Considered in the pre-Hispanic era a sacred tree, it is still part of rites and legends. According to Heyden (1993) it is said that the gods and the first Mixtec chieftains of Apoala had their origin: "...
An additional, nearby Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 10, 2019
2. An additional, nearby Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec Marker
Ahuehuetes de Chapultepec
El Ahuehuete (Taxodium munocronatum) es una conífera, como los pinos, abetos, cedros y enebros. Árbol de hasta 30 m de altura, de tallos gruesos y copa abierta e irregular, con raíces extendidas y entrelazadas; la corteza café rojiza se arregla en tiras longitudinales entrecruzadas. Tiene hojas lineares, con tallos cortos, de 6 a 12 mm de largo y 1 mm de ancho, dispuestas en ramas colgantes de 10 a 15 cm de largo; con flores masculinas en espigas, separadas de las femeninas en forma de conos o piñas; la madera es color café oscuro o amarillento. Su crecimiento es lento y es uno de los arboles más longevos del mundo. En Chapultepec existen varios especímenes vivos, con edades superiores a los 600 años; en Oaxaca el "Árbol del Tule" tiene más de 2,000 años.

English translation:
Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec
The Ahuehuete (Taxodium munocronatum) is a conifer, similar to pines, firs, cedars and junipers. The tree is normally around 30 m high, with thick stems and an open and irregular crown, with extended and intertwined roots; the reddish-brown bark is arranged in intersecting longitudinal strips. It has linear leaves, with short stems, 6 to 12 mm long and 1 mm wide, arranged on hanging branches 10 to 15 cm long; with male flowers in spikes, separated from the female ones in the form of cones or pineapples. The wood is dark-brown or yellowish. Its growth is slow and it is one of the longest-lived trees in the world. In Chapultepec there are several live specimens, with ages over 600 years. In Oaxaca, the "Tule Tree" is over 2,000 years old.
in the branches of majestic trees that grew in a sacred river."

The ahuehuete has healing properties, both in the leaves and in the cone and bark.

We have the obligation to care for, protect and encourage the permanence of Ahuehuetes in Chapultepec as part of a living heritage that we will deliver to the next generations.
 
Location. 19° 25.06′ N, 99° 11.279′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico. Marker is on Camino del Rey just east of Calzada Mahatma Gandhi, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de Mexico 11100, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King Nezahualcóyotl's Causeway (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Canadian Totem (about 150 meters away); Monument to José Martí (about 240 meters away); a different marker also named Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec (about 240 meters away); Mexican Presidential Residence Miguel Alemán (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Fountain of the Frogs (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Fallen Mexican Officers of the Battle of Molino del Rey (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Molino del Rey (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
 
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Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 10, 2019
3. Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec and Marker
Note the additional marker in the distance along this avenue of ahuehuetes, also known as Mexican cypress.
An additional marker on the Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 10, 2019
4. An additional marker on the Ahuehuetes of Chapultepec
The additional marker is seen next to one of the largest ahuehuetes in Chapultepec Park.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 4, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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