Zornia latifolia – Maconha Brava (plant)
Zornia latifolia is an perennial herb belonging to the Leguminosae family. Often grown as a tropical pasture legume. Zornia diphylla is a synonym of Z. latifolia. Zornia latifolia is native to South America: Argentina (north of latitude 35S), Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. Its preferred habitat is open fields and grassy areas. It is a low growing legume species.
The dried leaves and seeds are smoked in Brazil as a substitute for Cannabis (Plants of the Gods, Schultes and Hofmann, 1992). More info on Zornia latifolia here!
Care and Cultivation of Zornia latifolia
Rich soil, full sun. Zornia latifolia accepts a wide range of growing conditions. Prefers warmer conditions and will mostly die back in colder conditions, except in sub/tropical environments. Hence, treat like an annual in colder areas, unless you can keep them warm over the cold period.
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