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Amphitecna macrophylla , Bigleaf Black Calabash

Amphitecna macrophylla

Bigleaf Black Calabash
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: Mexico, Guatemala
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowers



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Anadenanthera colubrina, Vilca, Huilco, Huilca, Wilco, Willka, Cebil, Angico

Anadenanthera colubrina

Vilca, Huilco, Huilca, Wilco, Willka, Cebil, Angico
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: South America
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This is a South American tree closely related to Yopo, or Anadenanthera peregrina, and has similar medicinal properties. Anadenanthera colubrina is known by many names throughout South America. In Peru it is known as Willka (also Wilca, Vilca and Huilca) which in the Quechua languages means "sacred". The species is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Cuba, and Mauritius.

The trunk is very thorny. The leaves are mimosa-like, and they fold up at night. It tends to grow on rocky hillsides in well-drained soil, often in the vicinity of rivers. It grows quickly at 5-6 ft a year in good conditions. The growing areas are often "savannah to dry rainforest." Flowering can begin in as soon as two years after germination. In Chile, A. colubrina produces flowers from September to December and bean pods from September to July.

A sweetened drink is made from the bark. The tree's bark is the most common part used medicinally. Gum from the tree is used medicinally to treat upper respiratory tract infections, as an expectorant and otherwise for cough.

The main active constituent of Vilca is bufotenin. The black beans from the bean pods of these trees are used to make the psychedelic snuff called Vilca (sometimes called cebil).

In Brazil A. colubrina has been given high priority conservation status.





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Anadenanthera peregrina, Yopo, Jopo, Cohoba, Parica, Calcium Tree

Anadenanthera peregrina

Yopo, Jopo, Cohoba, Parica, Calcium Tree
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Caribbean and South America
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This is a large tree with a horny bark, feathery leaves and pale yellow to white spherical flowers. It is an entheogen used in healing ceremonies and rituals. The beans (sometimes called seeds) and falling leaves are hallucinogenic and are toxic to cattle. This plant is almost identical to that of a related tree, Anadenanthera colubrina, commonly known as Cebíl or Vilca. The beans of A. colubrina have a similar chemical makeup as Anadenanthera peregrina, with their primary constituent being bufotenin.

The tree is also a well known source of dietary calcium.





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Anaxagorea javanica, Champun, Twin-seed, Bunga Pompun, Kekapur

Anaxagorea javanica

Champun, Twin-seed, Bunga Pompun, Kekapur
Family: Annonaceae
Origin: Philippines, Taiwan
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrant

Anaxagorea javanica is a shrub or small tree related to Ylang Ylang, with fragrant flowers. The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use in Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra).





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Androcymbium palaestinum, Erythrostictis palaestina , Desert Bulb

Androcymbium palaestinum, Erythrostictis palaestina

Desert Bulb
Family: Colchicaceae   (Formerly:Colchicaceae / Liliaceae)
Origin: Mediterranean
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsWhite/off-white flowersPoisonous or toxic

The white flowers often have reddish-purple stripes and can reach 2-5 cm in diameter. However, flower size and shape can vary depending on location.



Androcymbium palaestinum, Erythrostictis palaestina , Desert Bulb


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