More about Ololiuqui (Rivea corymbosa)
This plant is often used for purposes other than recreation, as natives of Mexico consider the powder produced from its seeds a tool for divination and communion with spirits. Because of the widespread use among native tribes, Colonial rules initially feared Ololiuqui and banned it introducing harsh punishments for users
Rivea corymbosa (common synonym: Turbina corymbosa), is a species of the Convolvulaceae (Bindweed family), native throughout Latin America from Mexico in the North to Peru in the South and widely naturalized elsewhere. This plant also occurs in Cuba, where it usually blooms from early December to February. Its flowers secrete copious amount of nectar, and the honey the bees make from it is very clear and aromatic. It is considered one of the main honey plants from the island.
Rivea corymbosa botanical information
Rivea corymbosa is a large woody vine with heart-shaped leaves 5-9 cm long and 2.5-4.5 cm wide. The cymes are many-flowered. The bell-shaped corollas, 2-4 cm long, are white with greenish stripes. The fruit is dry, indehiscent, ellipsoidal with persistent, enlarged sepals, and bears a single hard, roundish, brown, minutely hairy seed about 3 mm in diameter.
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