CATHARANTHUS ROSEUS

CATHARANTHUS ROSEUS

FAMILY :: APOCYNACEAE
MADAGASCAR PERIWINKLE: Easily grown, tender tropical ground cover with 1½” white to rosy flowers and dark green, glossy leaves. Containing more than 70 alkaloids, this plant is the subject of investigation in the treatment of cancer, leukemia, diabetes and Hodgkin’s disease. Grow in part shade and moist, rich soil.

TABERNAEMONTANA DIVARICATA

TABERNAEMONTANA DIVARICATA

FAMILY :: APOCYNACEAE
BUTTERFLY GARDENIA, TAGAR: Tropical shrub to 2-4′ with glossy green leaves and evening-scented white flowers. The bitter roots are used medicinally in Ayurvedic medicine and for their ibogoid alkaloids. In traditional Thai medicine, extracts of this plant are used as sedatives and analgesics. May be grown as a house plant in part shade with rich, moist soil and warmth.

TABERNANTHE IBOGA

TABERNANTHE IBOGA

FAMILY :: APOCYNACEAE

IBOGA: A tropical shrub with panicles of small white/yellow/pink flowers from the West African rain forests.

Iboga plant and flowers

The yellow roots contain a number of indole alkaloids, the most active of which is probably ibogaine, which is found in the highest concentration in the root-bark. The root material, bitter in taste, causes an anaesthetic sensation in the mouth as well as a systemic numbness of the skin.

The root bark is used as a magical plant in initiatory rights of secret cults such as the Bwiti of Western central Africa. Ibogaine, the chief alkaloid in this plant is a MAO inhibitor, has psychedelic properties, and in low doses is capable of producing aphrodisiac effects. Large doses can be fatal. Ibogaine is being researched as a cure for alcoholism. Illegal in the US.

IMAGE: Ibogaine HCl Crystal Under UV, courtesy of Marko Resinovic and the Sacrament of Transmission.

“The Catholic church is a beautiful theory for Sunday, the iboga on the contrary is the practice of everyday living. In church, they speak of God, with iboga, you live God” – Nengue Me Ndjoung Isidore, ecumenical Bwitist religious leader

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