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Visionary Cactus Guide

Pachycereus

P. pecten-aboriginum -

( Cawe, Hecho ) A rather common, huge, short-spined organ-pipe cactus that can grow to over 10 meters tall. Bears beautiful white blooms with purple edges and has globus fruit densely covered in yellow wool and bristles. The Tarahumara Indians of Mexico use the young branches to make a sacred narcotic drink. It is also known as Wichowaka, which means insanity. Causes dizziness and visual hallucinations.

Contains: arizonine, carnegine, heliamine, ispsalsoline, 3-4-dimethoxyphenethylamine, salsoline, salsolidine, 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenethylamine, 3-hydroxy-4 methoxyphenethylamine,

P. grandis -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

P. pringlei -

Contains: heliamine, lemaireocereine, tehuanine, N-oxide-tehuanine, weberine.

P. marginatus -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

P. tehauntepecanus -

Reported to contain unspecified alkaloids.

P. weberi -

Contains: anhalidine, anhalonidine, backbergine, carnegine, O-demethylweberine, heliamine, N-methylheliamine, dehydroheliamine,isobackbergine, isonortehuanine, isonorweberine, isopachycereine, isosalsolidine, lemaireocereine, dehydrolemaireocereine, nortehuanine, dehydronortehuanine, norweberine, dehydronorweberine, pachycereine, dehydropachycereine, N-methylpachycereine, pellotine, O-methylpellotine, dehydrosalsolidine, tehuanine, weberine, 1-methylisoweberine, weberidine.

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