The use of Sacred Plant medicines has grown in popularity throughout the Western World. This growing demand has put stress on native plant habitats, concerning both environmentalists and indigenous people.
Banisteriopsis caapi (BC) vine and Psychotria viridis (PV) are unique plants, specifically found in the Amazonian rain forest, and are not easy to grow. The vine requires 10 years to reach maturity in the wild, it winds into the canopy to receive plenty of sun, which is scarce at the jungle floor. P. viridis takes several years to reach maturity in the wild. This perennial shrub prefers shady environments with high levels of humidity and heat; however, with only a 1% germination rate of it’s seeds, propagation of this sacred plant requires highly integrated propagation methods. Neither B. caapi or P. viridis are considered invasive species.
The key to protecting the wild populations of BC vine and PV shrubs is the protection of old and tall jungle trees. This requires protection of the entire Amazon rainforest.