JUSTICIA PECTORALIS

JUSTICIA PECTORALIS

FAMILY :: ACANTHACEAE
A tender, aromatic, spreading ground cover to 2-3′ tall from the upper Amazon. Normally grows along sandy stream banks in rich soil. As curia, it is an aromatic additive to a Venezuelan lickable tobacco preparation called chimó. In Central America and the Carribean Islands, it is dried and snuffed or smoked along with Cannabis sativa as an aphrodisiac.

JUSTICIA PECTORALIS v. stenophylla

JUSTICIA PECTORALIS v. stenophylla

FAMILY :: ACANTHACEAE
A lower growing, yellowish-green leafed variety of the previous listing, this one with the flavor of vanilla and anise. An admixture to Amazonian epená snuffs by the Waiká Indians. This variety is a bit more difficult to grow than the previous. Very tender.