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Posted by Ryan on June 29, 2003 at 09:14:35:

In Reply to: wanted ethnobotanicals posted by myco on June 21, 2002 at 13:07:11:


Hi there, we are an ethnobotanical company based in South Africa, please take a look at our pricelist and contact us if you are interested in any other African
plants that I havnt got listed on my list.

www.ethnotrader.co.za
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BUSHMAN'S POISON BULB (Boophane distichia)

The plant has a very wide distribution in Africa and occurs throughout the central and eastern parts of South Africa. This plant has a reputation of being a powerful hallucinogen, and was also used as and arrow poison in former times. The plant is still used as a hallucinogen in male adolescent initiation rites, and in the initiation of diviners. Some diviners administer the bulb scales orally as a decoction or as an enema to patients to induce visual hallucinations that are interpreted.

This phenomenon is sometimes called “the bioscope” or “the mirror” when the client is seated in front of a white cloth or a mirror to await the onset of visions. These visions are interpreted as being actual past and future events, and the realm of the ancestral spirits. Since a small overdose can be fatal, meticulous care has to be taken when preparing this remedy.

The bulb is used extensively as a medicine, including use for headache, chest pain, abdominal pain and insomnia. The dry bulb scales are applied topically as an antiseptic and pain relieving dressing after circumcision, and to painful joints, swelling, bruises, abscesses, sores, rashes, burns and septic wounds.

At least 11 alkaloids have been isolated from this plant, including buphanidrine, undulatine, buphanisine, buphanamine and nerbowdine.

$12 for a 2-year-old living plant

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S’KENG-KENG (Pleiospilos bolusii)


The pulverised plant is reported to be a hallucinogenic additive to tobacco to be smoked. Or dried and powdered and used as a snuff. Approximately 50 milligrams of plant chewed produces a feeling of euphoria, which lasts about 20 minutes, followed by sedation.

$20 for a two-year-old living plant

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ISIDAKWA (Dioscorea dregeana)


The Zulu names udakwa and isidakwa respectively mean “inducing drowsiness” and “a drunkard” it is a profound sedative that is used to treat epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia and acute psychosis. This potent narcotic is used to sedate violent, psychotic patients and is also used as an analgesic. In earlier times it was used as general anaesthetic to enable fractures of the limbs to be to be manipulated and stabilised by traditional bonesetters. The fresh tuber is generally taken orally or as a weak decoction with an adequate dose resulting in sleep within 20-30 minutes.

$15 per 100 grams

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IMPHEPHO, EVERLASTING,KOOIGOED (Helichrysum odoratissimum)


The plant is a strongly aromatic, much-branched perennial herb with small silvery

Leaves and small yellow flower heads. Imphepho is burned as ritual incense to invoke the goodwill of the ancestors. The smoke is reportedly sedative, and helpful for insomnia. Healers in KwaZulu-Natal to induce a trance inhale the smoke.

$50 per kilo

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KOUGOED (Sceletium tortuosum)


The traditionally prepared dried plant material is chewed, smoked or powdered and is inhaled as a snuff. Sceletium elevates mood and decreases anxiety, stress and tension.

I intoxicating doses it causes euphoria, initially with stimulation and later with sedation. The plant is not hallucinogenic, and no severe adverse effects have been documented. Sceletium was used as a local anaesthetic and analgesic for removing teeth. The plant is used to this day for colic in infants, added to a teaspoon of breast milk. Sceletium is used as a sedative in the form of a tea, and is used effectively by indigenous healers to wean alcoholics off alcohol. Chronic use does not appear to result in a state of withdrawal.The active constituents are alkaloids, including mesembrine, mesembrenone, mesembrenol and turtuosamine. Mesembrine has been found to be a potent serotonin

Uptake inhibitor.

$600 per kilo of A grade dried plant which has been traditionally prepared

$10 for a two-year-old living plant

(we also supply seed for this)

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African wormwood (artemesia afra)

used as a decongestant and antibacterial. Artemsia Afra is very similar to Artemisia Absinthe, which is used to make the drink Absinthe. It contains thujones a psychoactive chemical that seems to bind to the same receptor as THC.

$50 per kilo

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HOODIA ANNULATA
This succulent can be eaten as an appetite-suppresent, and to treat indigestion, hypertension, dibetes and stomachache.

$22 for a two-year-old living plant

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SEA BEAN (Entada rheedii) (dream herb)

The seeds of this large woody climber are frequently washed up on the beaches of the east coast of southern Africa. The plant appears naturally from near Durban northwards throughout tropical Africa and into India, Asia and Australia. The pods are enormous, and may be up to two metres long.

The large bean like seeds are carried and worn on necklaces and pendants as lucky charms. Tobacco made from the seed has been reported to cause vivid dreaming. The seeds have various medicinal uses, including topical applications in an ointment for the treatment of jaundice.

(Sorry but this is all the info that I can give you on the sea bean. The traditional healers and witchdoctors here mainly use these seeds, and they don’t document anything on paper)

$80 per kilo

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LIVE CACTI AND SUCCULENT LIST (we can also get seed for all of these)
All full cacti and cuttings are shipped live and will survive for up to three months in there packaging.

Prices will change according to how many you order.

The letter c before the number means cacti and the letter s before the number means succulent.

C1-ASTROPHYTUM ASTERIAS—2 YEAR OLD=$1O—4 YEAR OLD= $20

C2-ASTROPHTUM MYRIOSTIGMA---2YEAR OLD=$8---4YEAR OLD = $12

C3-ARIOCARPUS KOTCHEYBEANUS---3 YEAR OLD=$12---5 YEAR OLD=$20

C4-DOLICHOTELO LONGIMAMMA---4 YEAR OLD=$10---6 YEAR OLD=$20

C5-EPITHELANTHA MICROMERIS---4 YEAR OLD=$10---7 YEAR OLD=$20

C6-LEUCHTENBERGIA PRINCIPES---2 YEAR OLD=$10---5 YEAR OLD=$20

C7-LOPHOCEREUS SCHOTTII---$50 PER METRE

C8-LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSII---$3 YEAR OLD=$30---5 YEAR OLD=$80

C9-GYMNOCALACIUM SAGLIONE---5 YEAR OLD=$20---8 YEAR OLD=$40

C10-OBREGONIA DENEGRII---3 YEAR OLD=$22---5 YEAR OLD=$50

C11-PACHYCEREUS PRINGLEI---6 YEAR OLD=$35---$100 FOR 1 METRE-$250 FOR 5 METRE

C12-STENOCEREUS MARGINATUS---4 YEAR OLD=$20---$60 PER METRE

C13-PACHYCEREUS PECTEN ARBORIGINUM-$50 FOR 1.2 METRE

C14-TRICHOCEREUS HUASCA---2 YEAR OLD=$10

C15-TRICHOCEREUS PACHANOI---$25 PER METRE

C16-TRICHOCEREUS TERSHECKII---3 YEAR OLD=$20

C17-TRICHOCEREUS PERUVIANUS---2 YEAR OLD=$20---$45 PER METRE

C18-TRICHOCEREUS WEDERMANIANUS= $110 PER METER

C19-TRICHOCEREUS PACHANOI x PERUVIANUS (HYBRID)---$40 PER METRE

C20-TURBINICARPUS LOPHORIODES---2 YEAR OLD=$10

C21-TURBINICARPUS POLASKII---2 YEAR OLD=$10

C22-TURBINICARPUS MICHROCHELE--- 2 YEAR OLD=$10

C23-TURBINICARPUS VALDEZIANA---2 YEAR OLD=$10

S24-DIOSCOREA ELEPHANTIPES---$20

S25-ALL 88 SSP OF LITHPOP---3 YEAR OLD=$2

S26-NESTOKLEMA ARBORIFORMA---BULBOUS MESEMB=$10

S27-PLEISPILOUS BOLUSII---2 YEAR OLD=$10

S28-SCELETIUM TURTUOSUM---2 YEAR OLD=$10

S29-HOODIA ANNULATA---2YEAR OLD=$12

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