Lepidagathis lanceolata (Nees) Wassh.
Teliostachya lanceolata is a herbaceous, perennial plant with ascending stems that root at the lower nodes. It grows up to 30cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. It is also said to be cultivated in gardens in Ecuador[
], but the report does not make it clear if this is for medicinal or ornamental purposes[
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Surinam
Wooded river banks, usually in damp situations[
The plant (part not specified) is used as a remedy for stomach aches[
The variety 'crispa' is added to ayahuasca and may be used alone also as a narcotic. When used as an admixture to ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi), two branches are cooked with ayahuasca for about 11 hours. When taken alone, about 10 leaves are cooked gently for 7 hours. The effects (on the mind) last for three days, during which one converses with the spirit of the plant. It is said to also causes loss of sight for three days[
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