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Huanduj: Brugmansia

This ethno-botanical and horticultural monograph is the first full taxonomic revision of Brugmansia, a genus in the Solanaceae family and the most potent and culturally important of South American psychoactive enthogenic plants. It is used extensively in religious and spiritual ceremonies in shamanic cultures, and it is also a spectacularly beautiful garden plant.

Huanduj: Brugmansia combines original field and botanical research with horticultural expertise and the review of more than six hundred bibliographic references spanning the sixteenth century to the present day. It covers every aspect of the plant from its history, anthropology, and ethno-botany, to its taxonomy, biology, pathology, biotechnology, and its cultivation both as a garden plant and for its psychoactive derivatives. Beautifully designed and extensively illustrated with examples of species and cultivars, this comprehensive volume is an excellent resource for anthropologists, botanists, biologists, horticulturalists, and anyone with an interest in this fascinating genus.

424 pages | 448 color plates, 8 halftones, 8 maps | 11 x 9 | © 2012

Biological Sciences: Botany

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"I searched for ages for the single right adjective to describe this book—an almost impossible task, it is so lovely. Sumptuous about does it . . . this book is a tour de force—chock full of information, beautifully illustrated, meticulously referenced."

Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

“With elegant prose, building on detailed research in the literature and in the field, this beautiful book engagingly dispels the confusion surrounding the taxonomy of this remarkable group of plants. It not only brings current knowledge together in a refreshingly original way but also—just as importantly—points up what we still do not understand about the biology of these enigmatic plants.”

David Mabberley, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney

Table of Contents


Part 1: Botany
1. Sacrament and Medicine
2. Poison
3. Taxonomy
4. Natural History
Part 2: Horticulture
5. Cultivation
6. Propagation
7. Diseases and Pests
8. Hybridizing
9. Cultivars

Appendix 1: Register of Brugmansia Cultivar Names
Appendix 2: Nomenclatural Notes on Brugmansia Cultivar Names

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