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Banisteriopsis caapi ‘Cielo’ (plant)

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Banisteriopsis caapi is the vine from which the South American hallucinogenic and healing brew ayahuasca is made. Family Malpighiaceae. Ayahuasca is a Kechua term for the drink made from this vine and translates to ‘Vine of the Soul’, referring to the freeing of the spirit. Also called yage, Caapi or Vine of the Dead.

Banisteriopsis caapi stems are used in the preparation of a drink called Ayahuasca in South America and they contain beta-carboline alkaloids such as harmaline, harmine and tetrahydroharmaline.

This variety is commonly called ‘Cielo’ in Australia. Cielo is ‘heaven’ or ‘sky’ in the Spanish language.

Our Cielo clone has been professionally and legally analysed and was found to contain: 1.33mg/g THH (tetrahydroharmine): 0.51mg/g Harmaline: 6.84mg/g Harmine. The root was significantly higher, as expected (due to the bright yellow colour indicating high levels of beta-carbolines), 8.23mg/g THH (tetrahydroharmine): 2.08mg/g Harmaline: 18.28mg/g Harmine.

Care and Cultivation of Banisteriopsis caapi

Banisteriopsis caapi likes humus rich, moist soil in part shade to full sun. A fairly robust plant, Banisteriopsis caapi will drop leaves in dry times and may need to be irrigated until established. Banisteriopsis caapi can deal with colder temps but is best grown in subtropical or tropical climates where it can be planted in the ground. Warm and cold temperate climate growers may need to protect their vines over the colder months by bringing inside or providing a warmer microclimate. Beautiful pink flowers in early spring on parts of the plant receiving lots of sun.

A vigorous climber that will cover a fence or tree in a matter of seasons and should be kept pruned as desired. It covers a boring old fence quickly!

1 plant

5 reviews for Banisteriopsis caapi ‘Cielo’ (plant)

  1. Szymon

    Well established upon arrival, shot up once repotted even in our low humidity.

  2. Tyson

    Great Delivery,Delicate at first but Plant is now growing rapidly..
    Just waiting to pot in ground.

  3. Ben W

    Healthy plant as always. Established roots. Packaging and service A1.

  4. Jason C

    Caapi is growing vigorously, I really love these plants. One of my favorites. Top notch service as expected!

  5. chicka_bmc

    Awesome, healthy plant as always. Established roots, very quick transaction. Thanks guys.

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