The Minimal Botanic Atlas of Santa María La Ribera exhibit opened at UNAM’s Museo de Geología, opposite the barrio’s Alameda. We also published a book with 60 different species of trees, shrubs, and plants that are not necessarily native to the Valley of Mexico, but that have adapted or merged with the native botanical species of suburban areas. This list is a result of a visual identification by a group of neighbors in Santa María La Ribera’s green areas, recorded at the end of 2016, under the supervision of biologists Lourdes Cruz Terán and Iván Pérez Samayoa, members of Estanquillo el 32, a neighborhood organization. Based on the data collected, artist Mariana Magdaleno illustrated each species in watercolor, and linked them to cultural information that confirms their scientific value or their medical use in traditional botany.
As part of its educational activities, the exhibit promotes tours of the barrio by different groups that are interested in the environment, as well as by students from some elementary, junior, and high schools in the barrio. Participants discuss different aspects of urban trees and their importance to the habitat and the city.