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Psychotria capensis is an evergreen shrub or small tree, 3-8 m, with a slender stem, horizontal branches and pale brown bark. The leaves are shiny, light to dark green above and paler below. The flowers are small cream, shiny yellow fruits ripening to red or black.
Given a thick layer of mulch it will grow in any soil and only requires additional watering in summer and in dry conditions. Although Psychotria capensis seems to thrive under warm, moist conditions, it can be grown in colder regions in protected positions.
Psychotria carthagenensis is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a small but dense, flat-topped crown. Unlike other Psychotria species, it has been found to be devoid of alkaloids.
Psychotria ipecacuanha is a perennial, medicinal herb that grows in clusters in the understory of humid, shady
areas of the Atlantic Rain Forest of southeastern Brazil.
In large doses, Ipecacuanha root is emetic; in smaller doses, diaphoretic and expectorant, and in still smaller, stimulating to the stomach, intestines and liver, exciting appetite and facilitating digestion.
A very showy ornamental shrub with glossy leaves and bright berries. Somewhat drought-tolerant, takes both sun and shade. Very easy to grow. Florida native kin to chacruna. Shiny leaves markedly veined, white flowers and red fruit. Zone 10. Great container plant. Once used as a coffee substitute.