Turbina corymbosa

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Turbina corymbosa
Turbina corymbosa (Ipomoea cymosa) Bot. Reg. 29. 24. 1843.jpg
Turbina corymbosa flowers
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Turbina
Species: T. corymbosa
Binomial name
Turbina corymbosa
(L.) Raf.
  • Convolvulus corymbosus L.
  • Convolvulus domingensis Desr.
  • Convolvulus laevicaulis Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.
  • Convolvulus multiflorus Kunth
  • Convolvulus sidaefolius Kunth
  • Ipomoea antillana Millsp.
  • Ipomoea corymbosa (L.) Roth
  • Ipomoea domingensis (Desr.) House
  • Ipomoea sidaefolia (Kunth) Sweet
  • Legendrea corymbosa (L.) Ooststr.
  • Legendrea mollissima Webb & Berthel.
  • Rivea corymbosa (L.) Hallier f.

Turbina corymbosa, syn. Rivea corymbosa, is a species of morning glory, native throughout Latin America from Mexico as far south as Peru and widely naturalised elsewhere. Its common names include Christmasvine,[2] Christmaspops, and snakeplant.[3]


Known to natives of north and central Mexico by its Nahuatl name Ololiúqui (also spelled ololiuhqui or ololiuqui) and by the south eastern natives as xtabentún (in Mayan), it is a perennial climbing vine with white flowers, often planted as an ornamental plant. This plant also occurs in Cuba, where it usually blooms from early December to February. Its flowers secrete copious amount of nectar, and the honey the bees make from it is very clear and aromatic. It is considered one of the main honey plants from the island.

Chemical Properties[edit]

The Nahuatl word ololiuhqui means "round thing", and refers to the small, brown, oval seeds of the morning glory, not the plant itself, which is called coaxihuitl, "snake-plant", in Nahuatl, and hiedra, bejuco or quiebraplatos in the Spanish language. The seeds, in Spanish, are sometimes called semilla de la Virgen (seeds of the Virgin Mary)[citation needed]. While little of it is known outside of Mexico, its seeds were perhaps the most psychedelic drug common used by the natives.

In 1941, Richard Evans Schultes first identified ololiuhqui as Turbina corymbosa and the chemical composition was first described on August 18, 1960, in a paper by Dr. Albert Hofmann. The seeds contain ergine (LSA), an ergoline alkaloid similar in structure to LSD. The psychedelic properties of Turbina corymbosa and comparison of the potency of different varieties were studied in the Central Intelligence Agency's MKULTRA Subproject 22 in 1956.


This species is an invasive species to the United States,[4] Europe (Spain),[4] and Australia,[5] where it has become more naturalized.


  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 12 April 2016 
  2. ^ "Tulipa corymbosa". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Invasive Species Compendium, retrieved 12 April 2016 
  5. ^ Business and Industry Portal, Queensland Government, retrieved 12 April 2016 

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