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Anadenanthera peregrina – Yopo (seed)

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Anadenanthera peregrina or Yopo is native to Columbia, Venezuela, British Guinea and northern Brazil, also found on the islands in the Greater and Lesser Antilles (Torres & Repke, 2006). It is found from 20ºN latitude to 26ºšS latitude (in Queensland, that would equate to approximately from the Sunshine Coast and north). A mimosa-like tree 3-27 metres tall, preferring tropical and sub-tropical climates.

Seeds of Anadenanthera colubrina and Anadenanthera peregrina have been used for centuries as an hallucinogenic snuff by Indians of Argentina and southern Peru. Seeds contain 2-5% tryptamines including bufotenine and dimethyltryptamine (varies between the 2 Anadenanthera species). Anadenanthera peregrina contains mainly dimethyltryptamine and 5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine, A. colubrina contains mainly bufotenine. The bark and leaves also contain tryptamines. More info at Erowid here.

Anadenanthera peregrina is referred to as yopo whilst A. colubrina is referred to as either cebil or vilca. The seeds offered by Herbalistics are grown from our own mature plants and harvested when ripe in early spring. Our plants are scientifically confirmed to be Anadenanthera peregrina through examination of flowers and other distinguishing features.

Care and Cultivation of Anadenanthera peregrina

Anadenanthera peregrina seeds should be inserted into a good quality seed raising mix, approximately half in the soil and half out (place the embryo end into the mix, it’s the little notch you see in the seed). Germination will start almost immediately, you can virtually watch the seeds swell as they take up moisture. Germination should be complete within 5 days if they are to germinate. Daily minimum temperatures should be above 20ºC.

Anadenanthera peregrina likes a full sun position and well-drained soil. Will respond well to regular watering over the warmer months. Anadenathera peregrina is drought hardy once established due to its water storing roots. Deciduous in most areas over the colder months. No need to fertilise as they produce their own through an association with rhizobia bacteria.

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2 reviews for Anadenanthera peregrina – Yopo (seed)

  1. nathanael.t

    So grateful to finally have this plant in my collection. Great germination rate. I’m very excited to watch these grow although I’m a little nervous about them surviving through the winter. Fingers crossed.
    Thanks Herbalistics!

  2. nugget5142

    Great germination rates (and extremely fast to germinate). Of the 10 seeds I ordered, 9 germinated and 5 matured into beautiful plants. Very thankful to have this plant in the collection. Thankyou!

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