Psychotria viridis ‘UDV’ | ‘Chacruna’ | 10 seeds
Arkham’s Botanical is extremely pleased to offer this Psychotria viridis ‘UDV’ strain, originating from the Brazilian Unión del Vegetal / União do Vegetal! We’ve only limited stocks of this EU exclusive, harvested during winter 2019, so order soon if you want to grow it…
A perennial shrub of the Rubiaceae, Psychotria viridis is informally known by the Quechua ‘Chacruna’. Somewhat confusingly (as we’ve mentioned elsewhere on our website), the Ecuadorians also call the unrelated species Diplopterys cabrerana by the same name. Mature viridis grows to roughly five metres high and spans a diameter of approximately two metres, putting out paired, elliptical green leaves (up to roughly fifteen centimetres in length) along its stems. ‘UDV’ forms more rounded, narrowly oval leaves than most other varieties available on the market as of writing.
Closely related to (and rather easily confused with) the Ecuadorian species Psychotria carthagenensis (‘Amiruca’, ‘Samiruka’), it’s possible to identify true viridis by its leaf edges, which extend all the way down to the base of the leaf stem. Amazingly, Amazon healers are so used to working with the plant that they’re able to recognise several different sub-varieties, apparently based on the gland placement on the backs of the leaves.
Traditional users of this Amazonian species include the Machiguenga people of Peru (who use the juice from viridis leaves to treat migraine) and the many indigenous tribes, syncretic churches and ‘Vegetalistas’ (traditional healers) following the Ayahuasca practice.
For the amateur enthusiast, growing new plants from leaf cuttings is probably the easiest route (propagation from seed can prove challenging due to low germination rates). A partial or single viridis leaf is sufficient to start off a new clone. Those looking to grow this fascinating species from seeds, however, could do worse than start out with some of these – or any of the other strains of Psychotria viridis which we have in stock. Grow something rare and exciting today!
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced