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Generating LOCUST (PROSOPIS PALLIDA) of Life in the Desert

The origin of the name "locust" goes back to the colonial time when the Spaniards observe in this tree, well-known as "tacco" in Quechua, some similar qualities to those of the European (Ceratonia siliqua)" "locust.

Today it is known that the LOCUST was used from prehispanic times, thanks to Antonio's discoveries Raimondi who found representations of deities preincas carved in the wood of this species in one of its trips.

The LOCUST is considered "a gift of God" by the residents of the north of the country. And it is that in spite of growing in the most arid areas, using minimum quantities of water, he/she offers multiple benefits of great importance for the region.

This tree spreads very deep roots that once they find an underground water fountain, it doesn't require of more rains to subsist. In turn, a LOCUST in foot guarantees the existence of other kindred species and the development of a series of economic activities, besides minimizing the advance of the desert.

However, with the time a serious problem has been accentuated: the pruning of the LOCUST to use it as firewood and coal. This accelerates the desertización and it originates the salinización of the floor due to the phreatic napa that ascends to the surface.

Nevertheless, The Boy's of 1997-1998 phenomenon regenerated hundred of thousands of hectares of forests of LOCUST, for what its conservation is a pending task in which we all should collaborate.

They can find but information on the locust in: http://www.peruecologico.com.pe/flo_algarrobo_1.htm



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