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Banisteriopsis caapi (Ayahuasca)

Peru, Cielo, Huitoto, Vine, Shredded from Peru (SKU 3789)

New in our selection. Shredded "Huitoto" vine from the Pevas area, down river of Iquitos, Peru. This vine is around 25 years old, and was planted by the older shamans (curanderos) of this community of Bora and Huitoto (we-toe-toe) Indians. Before it's harvested, sacred tobacco smoke is blown over the vine and gifts of tobacco are left around the Mother Vine to show respect and to give thanks. The roots of the mother Vine remain in the ground and with time fresh vine grows once again and the circle continues. These vines are harvested in the early morning when they are at their most potent. Freshly harvested in February 2018.

Banisteriopsis caapi (Spruce ex Griseb.) Morton. Malpighiaceae (Malpighia family), Pyramidotorea, Tribus Banisteriae. One hundred species of plants in tropical America. Three of these are known for their hallucinogenic effects in Ayahuasca. These three plants are B. inebriens, B. caapi (Schultes 1970) and B. quitensis (Schultes 1995). The best known of these three species and the main component of Ayahuasca is Banisteriopsis caapi. The geographical origin is not known because the plant is cultivated throughout the entire Amazonion region. The plant grows in Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Equador etc.

It is a shrub or extensive liana in tropical forests. Bark usually chocolate-brown, smooth. Leaves opposite, oval-shaped, green, marginally entire, 8-18 cm long, 3.5-8 cm wide, upper surface glaborous. Inflorescence axillary or terminal cymose panicles. Flowers 12-14 mm in diameter 2.5-3 mm long, 1.5 mm wide. Petals pink, 5-7 mm long, 4-5 mm wide. This liana is mainly propagated vegetatively because it rarely blossoms and sets seed. The fan-like shaped seeds are green when fresh, but turn brown with age.

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