Psychotria

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Psychotria
Psychotria punctata.jpg
Psychotria punctata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Psychotrieae
Genus: Psychotria
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Type species
Psychotria asiatica
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Synonyms

Psychotria is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. It contains around 1850 species and is therefore one of the largest genera of flowering plants.[1] The genus has a pantropical distribution and members of the genus are small understorey trees in tropical forests. Some species are endangered or facing extinction due to deforestation, especially species of central Africa and the Pacific.

Many species, including Psychotria viridis, produce the psychedelic chemical, dimethyltryptamine (DMT).[2]

Selected species[edit]

For a full list, see List of Psychotria species

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Psychotria in the World Checklist of Rubiaceae". Retrieved April 2014. 
  2. ^ Der Marderosian AH, Kensinger KM, Chao J-M, Goldstein FJ (1970). "The use and hallucinatory principles of a psychoactive beverage of the Cashinahua tribe (Amazon basin)". Drug Dependence 5: 7–14. ISSN 0070-7368. OCLC 1566975. 

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