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Psychotria viridis – Chacruna ‘Shipibo’ (plant)

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A member of the Rubiaceae family from South America, traditionally used in the healing Ayahuasca brew. The word Chacruna derives from the Quechua word chaqruy which means ‘to mix’. It is added to Ayahuasca brews to increase the light and changes the style, visions are often in richer colours, different than when only Banisteriopsis caapi is used alone.

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 spp. contain DMT), often only as trace amounts. In Psychotria viridis it is found in the leaves at concentrations varying from 0.1 – 0.61% with traces of other tryptamines (Ratsch 1998).

This variety has been in Australia for many decades and is of Peruvian Amazonia origin, being used by the Shipibo-Conibo indigenous people for medicine and ayahuasca.

Care and Cultivation of Psychotria viridis ‘Shipibo’

Psychotria viridis is a relatively medium to fast growing plant if kept in a warm position. Prefers a shady, moist, well-drained site and a rich loam soil with adequate fertiliser. Psychotria viridis is not particularly cold tolerant, depending on micro-climate, preferring tropical and subtropical regions. It can survive further south if protected over the colder months (ie. bring inside or keep close to the house). It is not drought tolerant and if you live in a dry climate, you’re best to keep the plant in a pot or in the most well watered part of your garden.

For more in depth information, please check out our Psychotria growing guide here.

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8 reviews for Psychotria viridis – Chacruna ‘Shipibo’ (plant)

  1. Ryan D.

    Viridis was much more sensitive than carthaginensis, lost some leaves initially, but regained growth. Keep this one in the shade until it adjusts. Good sized plant which is now growing happily.

  2. Daniel

    Plant came attractive and healthy and transplanted and established well. Currently growing fast and well.

  3. Seth

    Recieved my package super fast! They plant lost some leaves but now thrives. As above, keep shaded until adjusted. Great to do business with!

  4. Troy G.

    nice quick delivery, plants were potted up straight away & put in a shaded, partial light area. I am just waiting for new growth to show itself. But so far everything looks good, nice healthy, hardy cuttings with about six sets of leaves. Thank u Darren for a hassle free process…. A+

  5. Kristian H

    Arrived very healthy with a well established root system. took to the transplant with no worries. couldn’t be happier!

  6. Mike B

    Fast delivery, well packaged. Came in very nice condition, potted well, no wilting or leaves lost. Placed in sunroom with humidity & is showing amazing growth for a Viridis, started showing growth after a few days!! I have literally seen daily growth since. I highly recommend this supplier. Thankyou very much Herbalistics.

  7. Dora

    Received a couple of these plants three days after ordering. Both arrived in great condition and have multiple buds growing out of the main stem. Excellent product quality and delivery. Will definitely get Brazilian and UDV varieties for my collection soon.

  8. Jason C

    Fast delivery as usual, appears to be a much faster grower than the viridis a friend gave me, very happy!

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