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San Pedro Cactus

Robert S Wallace rwallace at iastate.edu
Fri Feb 13 17:02:33 EST 1998

In article <6ba89j$d0m at alpha.delta.edu>,
Benjamin Thomas Rickle <btrickle at alpha.delta.edu> wrote:
>Please post any information you have on the San Pedro Cactus to this
>newsgroup. This includes info on it's use, preperation, and sources it can
>be purchased from.
>Thank You Very Much

San Pedro Cactus:

Family: Cactaceae, Order Caryophyllales (Centrospermae)
Genus Trichocereus (sometines considered Echinopsis)
Species:  T. pachanoi
Distribution:  Central and Northwestern Peru
Habitat:  Upland, to middle elevation mountains; today often associated with
human dewllings.
Other:  Revered by indigenous people for the alkaloidal contents of it stem
tissues.  It is among the few cacti used routinely for hallucinoigenic
effects, the most widely known is peyote.  It also is the subject of an
early stone sculpture showing a priest holding the first recorded image
of a cactus, the San Pedro, from a Chavin relief sculpture about 6,200 years
(or so) ago.  (central Peru).

Other information is available.


Robert S. Wallace
Robert S. Wallace
Associate Professor of Botany                     "In cerevisia veritas est."
Dept. of Botany - Iowa State Univ.
Ames, Iowa 50011-1020             rwallace at iastate.edu       FAX: 515-294-1337

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