This collection is part of a series of community-based floristic and ethnobotanical studies carried out as part of a project directed by Jonathan D. Amith. Two teams of two botanists each collected monthly (approx. 8 days/month) in the following communities: (1) San Juan Tahitic, municipality Zacapoaxtla, (2) Zongozotla, municipality Zongozotla,(3) Atlequizayán, municipality Atlequizayán, (4) Rosa de Castilla, municipality Zautla; (5) Cuauhtémoc, municipality Ayotoxco, (6) Yoloctzin and Paso Real, municipalities Tlatlauquitepec y Yaonahuac, respectively. The leaders of the two teams were Canek Ledesma Corral (1–3) and Miriam Jímenez Chimil (4–6). In addition, Ledesma was director in charge of managing and coordinating the two teams, overseeing goal attainment, administering the collections database and organizing the in situ photographs. The teams included two Nahuat-speaking biologists: Mariano Gorostiza Salazar (San Miguel Tzinacapan) and Anastasio Sotero Hernández (San Juan Tahitic) who in addition to their responsibilities for collection, photography, and maintaining field notes contributed their knowledge of Indigenous nomenclature, classification, and use of plants. In year 2, Osbel López Francisco, a Totonac speaker and biologist from Zongozotla, joined the project.
Status of documentation: The team for the Ayotoxco project was Miriam Jiménez Chimil and Mariano Gorostiza Salazar. The major Nahuat-speaking consultant was Vicente Mora. The results include 621 collections and just over 2,000 in situ photographs.
Funding support: Generous support for floristic and ethnobotanical research was provided by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages; National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access; the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (School of Oriental and African Studies, London); and the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (Mexico).