Record Detail

Catalogue Number DBN 405
Artefact DescriptionCoca leaves have been used in traditional Andean cultures for centuries. The leaves are chewed to combat fatigue, hunger and thirst. The plant and leaves play a significant role in religious ceremonies and shamanic rituals. The leaves are most commonly known for their role in the production of the drug cocaine.
TaxonERYTHROXYLACEAE Erythroxylum coca
TDWG ContinentAsia-Tropical
TDWG RegionIndian Subcontinent
TDWG Botanical CountrySri Lanka
TDWG UseSocial Uses - Drugs, 'Religious' Uses
SourceThe Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya