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  1. ∂an

    unknown acacia

    Brisbane botanic gardens
  2. one of the good things about the potency of rustica is that, in my experience, it prevents habitual and casual use patterns, and demands a respectful setting. pretty much every time I have smoked or vaped it casually for a nicotine high, it has left my throat and mouth sore for many days. I have found an aqueous extract that is snorted to be a good administration method. not sure if the extracts I have made are anywhere near the potency of the traditional preparations (rapé, ambil etc) described from the amazon and peruvian high lands though... an aqueous extract it is also useful as an insect repellant and herbicide.
  3. Taking small quantities of plants and preparations thereof prior to sleep seems to be a very effective method for catalysing the dream state. Some of the most detailed visionary states that I can recall are from this method. Last night I felt compelled to chew a handful of the big juicy leaves from a coleus I have growing next to where I sleep. I have been nibbling a leaf here and there for a few weeks, and it seems that subconsciously my brain has developed I liking for it as this time I felt a definite desire for its bitter taste. So I ate the leaves and drank some weak caapi infusion, and was soon fast asleep. What followed was one of the most amazing dreams I have ever had. Incredibly detailed places like I have never visited, strange undulating hills and towers of stone. There was a Spanish train ticket conductor who turned out to be an imposter that pik pocketed the diplomat sitting next to me on our way to a conference. At the conference we were abducted by alien like creatures that took us to a plane where we were strapped into hairs. They were all awaiting 'her' to find out what should become of us. Suddenly an airlock door snapped open and there she was, a cross between jabba the hut and that singing blue lady from the fifth element. She saw right through us, init our deepest fears and desires. At that point I felt the straps starting to hurt and I woke up. In the slow return to consciousness that followed I experienced the full range of post-tryptaminesque intoxiation emotions; the interconnectedness of all beings, the realisation that we know deep inside our that our being extends beyond the corporeal plane, and wonder at the stars that shone through the window. Ok so maybe this was just an excuse to share that trippy dream but I definitely think it had something to do with the coleus and caapi, especially that I felt compelled to eat them not unlike the brain that knows cannabis desires that next hit. I have heard that aust. aboriginal spirituality relies heavily on visionary states experienced while dreaming. I wonder if they were onto something like this, colouring or catalysing dreams with weakly active plants. It also reminds me of how Amazonian shamans are said to use the ayahausca preparation to get to know the character of other plants. Perhaps endogenous betacarbolines and tryptamines are the ur visionary vine.
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    Making sense of HBWR

    how many seasons did your plants take until they set seed? I have heard that some plants do not seem to set seed, even after 3 or 4 years of growth.
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    Found in cow dung after rain

    Pretty sure it is p. antillarum, the "weed panaeolous". When they are young they can sometimes appear similar to p. cyanescens, but at this more mature stage they are quite distinct. The usual antillarum differentiators for me are the silvery convex cap with a distinctive smooth texture, and the slightly thicker stem that turns a very light brown rather than blue when bruised (i.e. squished and left in your pocket for 5 minutes as you moo-ve on through the green fields). It is interesting observing the different "paddock" mushrooms. Usually antillarum will fruit first (even in late winter), as it appears to not have such stringent humidity, moisture and temperature requirements as cyanescens and cubensis. One or the other usually dominates too - i.e. a field will have either mostly antillarium, mostly cyanescens or mostly cubensis. Just as antillarum drops off, one of the others will pop up. I guess they have evolved to fulfil slightly different climatic niches. Here are some pics of some active panaeolous (not sure if cyanescens or cambodginiensis etc) for reference:
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    Found in cow dung after rain

    If they have dark spores and the white flesh turns blue when bruised, then they are probably panaeolous cyanescens. Lots of them throughout NSW at the moment. Typically they are mostly white with a yellow patch at the crown, but under certain circumstances they can appear yellow/golden all over the cap. But there are other dung mushrooms that are a rusty "golden" colour all over including the gills and spores, so to be sure of an ID post a picture.
  7. I found some pictures of the coleus plant that I used. It actually has more red than green.
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    Coleus - Parallel Dream World?

    very interesting, I didn't know about those experience reports on erowid where coleus was also found to catalyse other worldly dreams. my experience was with a majority green coleus with red colouration in the centre of the leaves, combined with caapi. I no longer have that coleus plant unfortunately. Christian Rätsch's book Encyclopaedia of Pyschoactive Plants has some interesting info in the entry for coleus blumei. Here is a summary: originally from SE asia, brought to south america post-conquest psychoactive use amongst the Mazatecs was discovered in 1962 in connection with Gordon Wasson's research into salvia divinorum [1] Mazatecs consider coleus to be in the same "family" as salvia, and has been reported to be used as a substitute for salvia (no reference given) however Daniel Seibert reported that he only ever met one person in the area of the Mazatecs who maintained that coleus was psychoactive [2] is used medicinally in Samoa, SE Asia and PNG to treat various maladies including digestive issues and headaches [1,3,4] Rosmarinic acid has been biosynthesised in cell cultures of coleus blumei [5,6] a diterpene (forskolin = coleonol) that is potently bioactive has been found in coleus forskohlii [4,7] salvinorin-like substances have been isolated from coleus blumei (no reference) 1. Ott 1993 2. Schuldes 1995 3. Uhe 1974 4. Valdes et al 1987 5. Häusler 1992 6. Meinhard 1993 7. D McKenna 1995 So it would appear that there are definitely some bio active compounds in some coleus plants, however its use as an effective shamanic intoxicant is inconclusive.
  9. It was a while ago now, but the leaf was probably a bigger one, so about the size of a hand. It was the common green with purple flecks coleus. I'm not sure it was the coleus that induced the dream, as caapi itself would be enough to induce a non-ordinary brain state, and vivid dreams are not uncommon for me. But reading my description again, this was probably one of the more far out dreams I have had!
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    Making sense of HBWR

    HBWR has been an ephemeral medicine for me too. About 10 years ago I took a really large dose (~13 seeds crushed in water with lemon juice). It was one of the most intense psychedelic experiences I have ever had, with very overt hallucinations and profound thoughts - including, interestingly enough and related to this discussion, that this plant must have been utilised by humans in the past. The trip coincident with me getting a bad flu, which all combined to make it a really difficult experience, but one that I always remember. Now I find myself only taking HBWR when other more preferable medicines such as cactus and mushrooms are not available. One very useful quality of HBWR is that it seems to readily allow sleep. Just one or two seeds seems to be sufficient. A beautiful but complex plant. Namaste.
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    growing Banisteriopsis caapi

    how did your plant go in its first winter? did you provide a micro climate for it? thanks
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    growing Banisteriopsis caapi

    okay, thanks. this plant is in its first season at its new location, after being purchased as a bare rooted yearling in August. it probably will need to be nursed through its first winter here, lest it not recover after loosing leaves. a mini green house with hessian might do the trick for the caapi and other tropicals. good luck with your vine!
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    growing Banisteriopsis caapi

    Does anyone know if caapi will tolerate a few weeks of ~2 degree minimum nights in winter?
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    nice new growth colours on a t. bridgesii (I believe). a bit etiolated from its partly shaded position though.
  15. okay great. Looks like my first flower is days away now. I will collect pollen and get in touch to see if you want to make a trade. The last developed flowers look like they are a good month away so should be a chance to pollinate them with some yowie pollen. thanks!
  16. I have a scopulicola cactus whose first flower looks like it will open in the next few weeks: If anyone has some spare trichocereus pollen, I will do my best to pollinate the flower (never done it before), and provide in return at least half the resulting seeds. Cheers!
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    ID please

    yeah looks like Agaricus campestris. they pop up around here too after rain, but usually in late summer and autumn.
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    What did you do in your sacred garden today?

    Today I went collecting lots of weeds to make compost tea, and watered the garden about 3 times as it was so hot and lots of fun too. Vine and rubiaceae are chilling in a plastic tub to maintain some humidity: A forest of other friends are staying cool in the part shade:
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    Cactus of the month year day thread? Which cactus is really shining for you right now?

    Okay thanks. Great idea! My track record with growing cacti seeds isn't so good as I keep trying to do it outdoors where the birds, possums, slugs and snails get into them when they pop up. So I'd definitely be keen for a pollen and seed trade! I would be happy to pass the seeds on to someone who has the setup already. I guess the flower still has a month or so to go?
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    Cactus of the month year day thread? Which cactus is really shining for you right now?

    Thanks @Inyan ! I guess she is going to have to pollinate herself as I don't have any other cacti flowering at the moment. Am I right to assume trichocerus cacti can self pollinate?
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    Taking salvia cuttings

    Hello plant friends! I have a salvia plant that a member was kind enough to gift me a few years back. I have been meaning to take cuttings for some time now, as the plant appeared to not be doing as good as it could, and I don't want to miss my chance to propagate this relatively difficult to come by plant. So now in spring with a bit of humidity and cloud cover seems like a reasonable time (correct me if wrong please!). Here is the plant with some labels: And a photo taken at ~ point 1 looking back towards the pot: There is a coleus growing next to it so I labelled its branch to avoid confusion. Over the past few summers the salvia has grown one big branch that can be seen growing outwards to left of the pot in the photo. This branch is a bit woody now, so not really ideal for cuttings I guess? I have put numbered lines where I was thinking I could take cuttings on this main branch. My goal is take make the cuttings a few inches long and cut just below a node. Is this a good idea to try and make cuttings from an older branch? Or should I wait until some fresh growth comes out a few inches and use that for cuttings? I feel this plant would do better if I cut off that big branch so it could focus its energy on new grown down near the base, but it would be good to use this cut branch for propagation too. All comments, help and ridicule welcome! Cheers, Dan
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    Cactus of the month year day thread? Which cactus is really shining for you right now?

    cactus fam are enjoying spring. need to get some nutrients into them though. I'm making a compost tea. scopulicola looks like it is budding - my first ever tricho flowers!
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    Taking salvia cuttings

    Thanks for the very helpful comments! Looks like my first step should be to get the propagation environment setup. I'd like to try and make do with what materials I currently have available, so I will probably go with the plastic tub option Glaukus mentioned. I used a plastic tub filled with a bit of water and bottom heated to successfully get some mail ordered aya and chacruna plants established at the end of winter. Now that it is warmer probably won't need any heating, but I will monitor humidity and temp to make sure. I might take just a few cuttings to start with to ensure my method is working. Will post pics as I progress... cheers!