Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Chacrona II and ayahuasca

In an earlier blog post I reported on a hallucinogenic plant at Bosque Santa Lúcia called chacrona( Psychotria viridis). Today I had the pleasure visiting the União do Vegetal center on the outskirts of Santarém, where I saw chacrona and mariri plants in all stages of development. The attached image is chacrona with its fruit. I asked our UDV host, Mestre Joaquim, if his religious group reproduced the plant via seeds. I was surprised to learn that seeds are not used because they could produce variations in quality of material for making their ceremonial tea. Plant reproduction via cuttings always guarantees the same quality.

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