Psychotria cv. ‘DW09’ (plant)
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Psychotria cv. DW09 is backcross of ‘Nexus’ to Psychotria viridis ‘Shipibo’; bred by Darren at Herbalistics. Psychotria cv. Nexus is the pistillate parent and Psychotria viridis ‘Shipibo’ is the staminate parent. DW09 was a little slow to get started, whioch is why we haven’t released it up until now. It is performing well now however and is an attractive shrub with narrow leaves.
Psychotria viridis and P. carthagenensis are used in the traditional psychoactive medicine Ayahuasca; a brew of Banisteriopsis caapi (occasionally alone but most often with Psychotria viridis) as the base and other plants are sometimes added, depending on the problems and conditions of the patient that need to be examined.
Psychotria viridis contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a psychoactive substance found across the plant kingdom in many family, genera and thousands of species (large numbers of Australian Acacia species and other natives contain DMT), often only as trace amounts. DW09 has not been specifically analysed and the contents are unknown.
Care and Cultivation of Psychotria cv ‘DW09’
DW09 achieves a good growth rate when compared to Nexus, Psychotria viridis and is as fast or faster than Psychotria carthagenensis. Psychotria cv. DW09 prefers a part shade, moist, well-drained position in the garden and a rich loam soil with adequate fertiliser. DW09 has performed well in our subtropical climatic extremes experienced here in SE QLD, ranging from low to high humidity, temperatures from 0-43°C over the year. It will have minimal frost tolerance and is about as drought tolerant as the parents, please share your cultivation experiences with us by posting a review.
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