More on What It’s Like to Live on Top of An Ancient Mayan City

The thing I wonder about is why some trees grow so well in the soil on top of the ancient Mayan City of Santa Rita while other trees struggle mightily.  Some trees live on for years with yellow leaves and dead ends of their branches.

Archeologists say that the seeds of the bread nut tree are said to have been one of  the things Mayan people ate during times of drought.   These bread nut trees still grow just fine on top of the ruins of Santa Rita.

Bread Nut Trees Grow Down into the Old Buildings

Bread Nut Trees Grow Down into the Old Buildings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The neem tree and the jacaranda tree both have yellow leaves, but the neem has grown big and strong while the jacaranda has dead branches and struggles to survive.    Although the tree  struggles, the chachalaca made her nest in it.

Healthy Neem Tree and Struggling Jacaranda Tree

Healthy Neem Tree and Struggling Jacaranda Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Moringa Tree

Healthy Moringa Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes the moringa trees die in this soil and sometimes they continue living for more than 20 years.

The Mexican Cedar tree is well-adapted and thrives here.   When the dry season lasts too long, it sheds its leaves, acting like a deciduous tree in the tropics.

Mexican Cedar Tree

Mexican Cedar Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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