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Banisteriopsis caapi - (Spruce ex Griseb.) C.V.Morton
                 
Common Name Yage, Ayahuasca, Caapi
Family Malpighiaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Habitats Rainforest[ 254 ].
Range Northern and western S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia. Ecuador, Venezuela.
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Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Yage, Banisteriopsis caapi, is a large climbing shrub with woody stems up to 30 m long. It can be grown indoors but requires consistently moist soil. A hallucinogenic beverage can be obtained from Yage?s bark, leaves and twigs. The plant is emetic and purgative, and at low doses used as a mild detoxifier. It also contains an alkaloid which has a strongly stimulatory action on the nervous system.

Banisteriopsis caapi Yage, Ayahuasca, Caapi


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Banisteriopsis caapi Yage, Ayahuasca, Caapi
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Physical Characteristics
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Banisteriopsis caapi is an evergreen Climber growing to 30 m (98ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Banisteria caapi Spruce ex Griseb. Banisteria inebrians (C.V.Morton) J.F.Macbr. Banisteria quitensis

Habitats
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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The bark, leaves and twigs are the source of a beverage that is hallucinogenic[ 46 ]. Commonly used in the Amazonian rainforest, it is used shamanically as a tool to contact the spirits and bring healing, and is also used recreationally[ 254 , 317 , 434 ]. The shoots, roots and leaves, sometimes as an admixture with other species, are used by Indians for the preparation of a hallucinogenic beverage, used for special ceremonies or the roots and stems are chewed for this purpose[ 317 ]. The dried leaves are also smoked[ 317 ]. In addition to its use as an hallucinogenic, the plant is also emetic and purgative[ 254 ]. At low doses it is used as a mild detoxifier[ 254 ]. The plant contains an alkaloid, known variously as 'telepathin', yagein' or 'banisterine', which has a strongly stimulatory action on the nervous system[ 434 ]. The bark contains beta-carboline alkaloids, including harmine, harmaline and delta-tetrahycroharmine[ 254 ]. These alkaloids stimulate hallucinations[ 254 ].
Other Uses
Other Uses: None known
Cultivation details
A plant of the moist tropics, where it is found at elevations from around sea level up to 1,000 metres. Suitable for growing indoors. Suitable for growing in containers.
Propagation
Seed.

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Other Names
Yage, Ayahuasca, Caapi
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Weed Potential

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None Known
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
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