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Duboisia hopwoodii – Pituri (plant)
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Duboisia hopwoodii is a member of the Solanaceae family, native to most inland areas of all states and territories of Australia, except Tasmania and the ACT. Aboriginal tribes traded the dried leaves of this species over great distances before white settlement, being highly valued as a narcotic, stimulant. The definitive Australian psychoactive plant species. Common names include pituri, pitchiri, pitcheri, bedjeri, emu bush, emu poison, etc.
The leaves of Duboisia hopwoodii can contain nicotine, nor-nicotine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine, all in varying concentrations depending on the chemotype, this varies from state to state.
Care and Cultivation of Duboisia hopwoodii
Duboisia hopwoodii likes a full sun position with well drained soil; we incorporate 7mm gravel or 1-4mm pumice into the potting mix to give sharp drainage. Like a lot of root space, roots tend to head straight to the bottom. For advanced gardeners. Flowers in spring. Dislikes high humidity. Can be grafted to other Duboisia species. Likely pollinated by ant or fly species.
1 plant (Western Australian provenance)
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