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January 17 2013

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Botanofilia: Psychotria elata


Reblogging liztonicedtea’s reblog of my post ‘cause of coolness. And recursion.

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January 14 2013

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Via dear MSiegel & Botanofilia: Psychotria elata

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—> UV images showing otherwise invisible UV patterns.

Fritillaria (Checkerboard flower, albino form)

(via Lumix GH1 UVIR, full spectrum converted - Open Photography Forums)

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March 31 2012

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  Antique Lithograph Published 1899 by George Bell & Sons, London for "English Botany or Coloured Figures of British Plants" 3rd Edition edited by John T. Boswell Syme. Illustrated by the Sowerby Family and others....

Via Sowerby 1899 Cannabis Hand Coloured Botanical Print - Albion Prints
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A woodcut illustration of cannabis from the 1517 edition of the European herbal Ortus sanitatis de herbis et plantis.

March 19 2011


A friend asked me......

Any idea why this particular mushroom has come to represent the entire concept of mushroom? A Google image search for “mushroom painting” yields a majority of A. muscaria-inspired images.


I can think of a few reasons why Amanita is everywhere. I can think of anthropological ones, mystically aligned ones, & some which are just silly.


1. This is the first hallucinogenic mushroom humans ever et, and it has had a profound effect. It has become an archetypal symbol (whose original meaning is mostly forgotten), even in the sad & uptight non-trippy cultures.


2. It’s so pretty!


3. Many theorize that life on this planet was seeded by comets. (All gardeners must love that theory!) Some varieties of fungus spores may be able to survive spaceflight.

A. Fungi may have been one of earth’s earliest lifeforms.

I. Hallucinogenic mushrooms may have helped form our brains.

a. They may be the source of human mysticism/spirituality.

B. We may be the far-off descendants of trippy space shrooms

I. Terence McKenna!

II. Santa Claus & his magic flying reindeer.


4. The largest organisms on our planet are vast, little-known (to non-mycologists) fungal colonies.

A. The bastards have grown so massive they’ve invaded our collective unconscious!1!!!!1!!

I. OMG!!! @_@


5. Humans are in actuality a hyper-exotic orchid species which requires - in any form - A. muscaria’s proximity.


6. Cavemen painted on the walls because they were tripping on A. muscaria

A. This is the origin of human art


7. Early Arctic Circle shamans ate Amanita & travel/led & spoke with The Spirits. This is the origin of temples & churches (Also please vide 3.a above)


8. Amanita grows damn near everywhere. It’s ubiquitous in art precisely because it’s ubiquitous!


9. God is actually Amanita muscaria (See all above & so below)


Number nine especially amuses me, because a far more ahem powerful argument can be made in favor of our Sun’s being God, and fungi prefer shade.

An Ancient Egyptian priest would naturally see no contradiction in that & insist they are both God. S/he would’ve programmed her/himself in finding and creating harmony & balance, not spotting contradictions & duality. [Gimme that old-time religion indeed, huh?]

March 17 2011


Erowid Psychoactive Amanitas Vault : History Overview

circa 5000-3000 BCE : The earliest evidence of Amanita muscaria use as an intoxicant is based on linguistic analysis of languages from northern Asia. Around 4000 BCE, the Uralic language split into two branches, both of which contain similar root words for inebriation. In some of these languages the root “pang” signifies both ‘intoxicated’ and the A. muscaria mushroom. These linguistic similarities suggest (but do not prove) that A. muscaria was known to be intoxicating before the languages split around 4000 BCE.

circa 1000-2000 BCE: Petroglyphs along the Pegtymel River which drains into the Arctic Ocean in north eastern Siberia “depict anthropomorphic figures with mushrooms appended to their heads.” The Pegtymel river area is currently inhabited by the modern Chukchi culture who are known to have used A. muscaria as a traditional inebriant. …


Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric, Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for December 1999

This month’s fungus is an interesting one for many reasons. It is a very common mushroom in conifer areas all throughout the northern hemisphere. The color is highly variable, from bright red (A. muscaria var. muscaria), to orange to yellow (A. muscaria var. formosa) to white (A. muscaria var. alba), but there are always white patches on the cap— remnants of the universal veil that covered the button stage. There seems to be a geographical distribution in North America, with the red form being found mostly in the west and deep south, the orange form in the midwest and east, the yellow form mostly in the east, and the white form reportedly scattered throughout the country. They can grow to be quite large, up to a foot high with caps as big as dinner plates.

It’s called the fly agaric because in some regions little pieces of the mushroom are placed in milk to attract flies. The flies become inebriated and crash into walls and die. …

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