17 Juni 2010

Leonotis nepetifolia

Leonotis nepetifolia, also known in Brazil as Cord's ear and in English "Klip Dagga" is a plant species of the genus Leonotis and family Lamiaceae (Mint). While most species of this genus is native to Southern Africa, L. nepetifolia is native to tropical Africa and southern India. It grows to a height of 3 meters and has flowers that are usually orange but may vary for red, white and purple. It has toothed leaves that can grow up to 10 cm.

Related species
The Leonotis nepetifolia ('Cordon's ear) is very similar to Leonotis Leonurus ("Rabo-de-lion" or in English "Wild Dagga.") Both species are often smoked because its entheogenic properties. The main difference between them is that the leaves of Leonotis nepetifolia spring from a prickly ball. It is also said that the leaves of L. nepetifolia are more powerful and much less bitter when smoked than those of L. Leonurus.

Although more than thirty other plants of the genus Leonotis, L. nepetifolia and "Leonurus L." shall have the entheogenic or psychoactive properties.

Source: http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonotis_nepetifolia
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