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Visionary Cactus Guide

Opunita

Several species from this large Genus is used as an add-mixture to ayahuasca by several South American Indian tribes. A common type of Cacti, it grows naturally from Southern Canada, in the North, to the strait of Magellan in the South and has spread through introduction all over the world.

This species is separated into two distinct forms, the prickly pear type, ( pad shaped stems with no spines, has Glochida ) and the Cholla type, (cylindrical sections joined together in links, with large spines). Can be used as a base plant for grafting Peyote. There are over 160 known species of Opunita.

O. acanthocarpa -

Contains: mescaline, 3-4-dimethoxyphenethylamine, 4-hydroxy-3-5-dimethoxyphenethylamine.

O. aurantiaca -

Contains: hordenine (.014%)

O. basilaris -

Contains: mescaline (.01%), 4-hydroxy-3-5-dimethoxyphenethylamine.

O. bergeriana -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. bigelovii -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids. Native to

O. brasiliensis -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids. Native to

O. chlorolica -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. clavata -

Contains: tyramine, hordenine, N-methyltyramine.

O. cochinellifera -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. comonduensis -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. compressa -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. curvospina -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. cylindrica -

Contains: mescaline (0.9%)

Native to Equador and Peru, where it grows in sandy or gravel soil.

O. decumana -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. dillenii -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. echinocarpa -

Contains: mescaline (.01%), 3-4-dimethoxyphenethylamine (.01%), 4-hydroxy-3-5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (.01%).

O. elatior -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. erinacea -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids. Native to

O. exaltata -

Contains: 3-4-dimethoxyphenethylamine, 4-hydroxy-3-5-dimethoxyphenethylamine.

O. fiscus-barbarica -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. fiscus-indica -

Contains: mescaline, tyramine, N-methyltyramine.

O. fragilis -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. fulgida -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. hickenii -

Contains: candicine.

O. humifusa -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. hyptiacantha -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. imbricata -

Contains: mescaline, 3-methoxytyramine, 3-4-dimethoxy-phenethylamine, tyramine.

Native from Southwestern USA to Mexico.

O. inermis -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. invicta -

Contains: mescaline, tyramine, N-methyltyramine.

O. kleiniae -

Contains: tyramine, N-methyltyramine.

O. leptocaulis -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. lindheimeri -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. littoralis -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. maldonandensis -

Contains: hordenine (.01%).

O. maxima -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. megacantha -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. microdasys -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. pachypus -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. phaeacantha -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. polyacantha -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. ramosissima -

Contains: 3-4-dimethoxyphenethylamine.

O. retrosa -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. schottii -

Contains: hordenine (.05%), tyramine , N-methyltyramine (02%).

O. soehrensii -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. spinosior -

Native from the southwestern U.S.A. to Mexico.

Contains: mescaline (.00004%), 3-methoxytyramine (.001%), tyramine (.002%), 3-4-dimethoxyphenethylamine.

O. stanlyi -

Contains: tyramine, N-methyltyramine (.05%).

O. streptacantha -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. stricta -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. subulata -

Contains: 3-methoxytyramine.

O. versicolor -

Contains: hordenine, tyramine, N-methyltyramine.

O. violacea -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

O. vulgaris -

Contains: hordenine (.01%).

O. whipplei -

Contains: 3-4-dimethoxyphenethylamine.

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