Anadenanthera colubrina Seeds | Viable Cebil | Vilca | Huilca | Huilco and Cohona

Anadenanthera colubrina Seeds | Viable Cebil | Vilca | Huilca | Huilco and Cohona

  • 100% Cebil, harvested by a botanist
  • From Bolivia to support the local people of one of the poorest countries in South America

Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Anadenanthera
Species: Anadenanthera colubrina
Origin: Bolivia
Common names: Cebil, Yopo, Cohona, Vilca, Huilca, Huilco, Hakudufha, Kahhobba, Kahobba, Niopo, Parica, Yopa, Yopo, Yupa, Angico.

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Anadenanthera colubrina | Vilca, Cebil

We wildcraft our 100% organic Anadenanthera colubrina seeds ourselves in Bolivia.

Native use

Traditional people used Anadenanthera colubrina (cebil, vilca, huilca,  huilco or cohona) as a remedy. They extracted gum from the bark of the tree and used it to treat problems such as upper respiratory tract infections, as an expectorant and for coughs. In other applications, people used the bark of Anadenanthera colubrina to make a sweet drink.

In the past, medicine men from the South American Andes used the seeds to make snuff. They took it for various purposes, for example, as a stimulant for everyday use, during drinking sprees and before wars. Hunters took it to make them more alert and to give them better vision. Some took it to prevent fevers. They also believed it was good for inducing trances, visions, and communication with spirits. This helped in clairvoyance, prophecy, and divination.

The leather industry uses the tannin components of the tree to process animal hides for making shoes and other leather products. The tree is also used as timber, primarily in north eastern Brazil. They make wooden products such as window frames, barrels, doors, mooring masts, floors and platforms. It is suitable because it is durable and termites do not attack it.


Anadenanthera colubrina is a tree native to South America. It grows to between five and twenty meters tall, and has a very thorny trunk. Its leaves look like mimosa and grow to thirty centimetres in length. The leaves behave unlike those of most other plants, folding up at nightfall. Anadenanthera colubrina is also a flowering tree. It produces flowers between September and December and pods between September and July. The tree has many names due to its geographical spread such as vilca, huilco, huilca, wilco, willka, cebil, or angico.
It can grow in a wide range of altitudes from 315 to 2200 meters and in areas with a precipitation ranging between 250 to 600 mm per annum. It normally grows on rocky hillsides in the savannah and in dry rain-forest areas. Anadenanthera colubrina can begin to flower as soon as two years after germination.


Scientific information

Anadenanthera colubrina is a fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing plant. It is a pioneer species in its native range.

The bark contains about 14% tannins.


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Our products are not certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. Our products are not sold and intended for human consumption. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically., its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.

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