Banisteriopsis muricata | Red Vine | Red Caapi Yage | Leaf and Vine| Shuar

Always fresh stock of our highly praised Banisteriopsis muricata vine from local shuar communities of Ecuador. It is a potent vine that is also known as Red Ayahusaca.



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Banisteriopsis muricata | Red Vine | Red Caapi Yagé | Leaf and Vine| Shuar

Fresh Organic Shuar Red Vine Banisteriopsis muricata from Ecuador.

As a member of the Malpighiaceae family, Banisteriopsis muricata (Red Ayahuasca) mysterious, sacred vine that was very hard to find. After a year of searching, asking around and praying, the Waking Herbs team was finally introduced to a Shuar community in the Ecuadorian Amazon. 

Since then, we are proud to sustainably harvest the Red vine in cooperation with  learned Shuar healers. Traditionally, the Banisteriopsis muricata vine is taken and shredded, usually done by pounding small sections with a stone.  Other than drying, the vine does not go through any additional treatment.

Native Use

Among indigenous peoples of the Amazon, Banisteriopsis muricata is called ‘Ayahuasca de los brujos’ or ‘Ayahuasca of the sorcerers’.  In Kichwa, the word Ayahuasca means ‘Vine of the Soul’. 

Many tribes native to the Amazon region regard Banisteriopsis muricata as a ‘plant of the gods’. Known as a Master Plant Teacher, this giant woody vine grows in the lush Amazon rainforest of Perú, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil. 

Known most commonly for its healing power, this vine is richly steeped in cultural mythology and tradition. Although it is revered internationally, it is still considered to be a very mysterious plant. It is arguably one of the most fascinating and culturally rich plants on earth.

Shamans of the Amazon claim they can achieve altered states of consciousness just  using this single plant. There are approximately 70+ tribes who have traditionally used this vine for various purposes, including healing, spiritual sight, foretelling the future and divination. People praise it for its deep cleansing effect on the body as a purgative. It also cleanses the mind, heart and recharges the energy field of the user. This emblematic vine speaks of the breadth of botanical knowledge held by these tribal people.


The liana grows plentifully in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, close to the border with Perú. The root grows well in a rich, moist soil, with partial shade to full sun. The plant twines on other trees for support. Its leaves are broad and have little hairs on the underside that gives them an ethereal, silvery appearance. Flowers are white or pale pink but the plant is seldom seen in bloom.

Scientific information

Banisteriopsis muricata is one of the main ingredients of  Ayahuasca, a mixture used for thousands of years by various tribes of the Amazon. This brew has a long history of use as an entheogen and as a remedy.

Native Amazonian peoples have identified more than 20 varieties of Banisteriopsis caapi , B. muricata being closely related to them. B. Muricata has very similar effects to the Banisteriopsis caapi, or Yellow vine. The difference is that B. muricata is considered to be a stronger medicine.  The rich red color it produces when extracted gives it its name, Red Ayahuasca. The leaves are also slightly different: the B. muricata  leaves are smaller and have a slightly different structure. Interestingly, another characteristic that sets these two species of vines apart is that there are two different types of ants who inhabit each vine.

The stem of the vine contains various chemical components such as harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine. These components are classified as MAOIs, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Scientific research reports the vines to have approximately 0.11-0.83% beta-carboline, the majority of which is harmaline and tetrahydroharmine. 

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Banisteriopsis caapi – Ayahuasca


Family: Malphighiaceae

Genus: Banisteriopsis

Species: muricata

Origin: Ecuador

Common names: Ayahuasca, Caapi, Yage, Hoasca, Natema, Red Ayahuasca, Yagé, Red Vine, and Daime.

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