Diplopterys cabrerana | Chalipanga | Shipped from USA
We offer Diplopterys cabrerana shipped domestically from the USA. Also known as Chalipanga, Chaliponga, or Chagropanga, this vine is planted and harvested by a Kichwa shaman. Together with his family, he lives on their ancestral land in the Rio Napo province in Ecuador. The territory is lined with waterfalls, caves, and pristine forest.
What started off as a small project between friends now has become an important source of income, growth, and independence for many family members and friends in several parts of the Amazon from Rio Napo to Macas and from there to Yasuni and beyond. Traditionally the indigenous people we work with all have a forest garden or Chacra where they grow medicinal and edible plants for their families.
The vine is often sold in combination with Banisteriopsis caapi, which we also ship from our USA warehouse.
Chalipanga prefers to grow along riverbanks and can be found in the warm, moist regions of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
The Diplopterys cabrerana vine has ovally shaped leaves, very glossy and waxy and when held up to the light, they shine. Curiously, the leaves are very reminiscent of those of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, however are slightly larger in size.