Golden chalice vine

A shrubby climber growing in the Rainforest Biome

By Eden Project

Eden Project

Golden chalice vine, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

This relative of tobacco, tomatoes and potatoes is popular among gardeners because of its beautiful large flowers.

Golden chalice vine, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

The long stamens are attached inside the flower corolla. 

The flowers are fragrant at night, which attracts pollinating bats.

Golden chalice vine, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

The extract from this species is said to be used for its hallucinogenic effects in ceremonies of the Huichol people from Mexico. It apparently pre-dates the similar use of peyote cactus in ceremonies.

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