Solanaceae, Nicotiana rustica, mapacho, махорка, thuốc lào, tobacco

Here are some photos of a variety of Nicotiana rustica I am growing in my garden this summer. This is an enthogenic species of Nicotiana (tobacco) native to South America containing up to nine times more nicotine then commercial Nicotiana tabaccum. N. rustica leaves also contain high levels of β-carbolines including harmala alkaloids. In South American ethnobotanical preparations, Mapacho (Nicotiana rustica) leaves are soaked or infused in water, and the water is then insufflated into the stomach in a preparation known as singado or singa; the leaves can also smoked in cigars , used as an enema, made into a lickable product known as ambil, and made into a snuff with the bark of a species of Theobroma, creating nu-nu. In the southeast part of Turkey, people use this herb and ashes of some tree bodies to make a moist snuff called maraş otu. They use this by putting the mixture under their lips like Swedish snus or Afghan naswar. It is also a common admixture of Ayahuasca in some parts of the Amazon. The leaves of N. rustica can be used to make a powerful organic insecticide.

Here are some past posts from this site related to Nicotiana. And you can click here for more on the Solanaceae botanical family.

Nicotiana rustica leaf flower

Nicotiana rustica flower

Nicotiana rustica leaf flower

Nicotiana rustica leaf flower

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