An attractive, fern-like bush with purple-colored berries. It occurs in the highlands of the Andes in Ecuador.
Use: The berries are eaten. The leaves are also supposed to contain active substances.
Active constituents: Sesquiterpenes, coriamyrtine, coriatine, tutine.
Effects: Stimulating, hallucinogenic. Supposed to induce a feeling of flight.
Side Effects: Too little is known about this plant. Some native tribes consider it to be poisonous, others use it to induce a state of inebriation. Large doses can cause cramps and lead to unconsciousness. It is advised not use this plant, due to insufficient information.
Suppliers: Seeds rarely found in ethnobotanical trade.