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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Coca

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   Coca belongs to these categories: Beverages, Important drugs
   and originated in The Americas

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 WILD RELATIVES
 ORIGINS
 EARLY USES
 TRANSFER AND SPREAD
 AGRICULTURE
 MODERN CONTEXT
  POST HARVEST


COCA

Erythroxylum coca Lam. (Erythroxylaceae).

Given its scientific name by the French taxonomist Jean Chevalier de Lamarck in 1786, from plants collected in Peru by Joseph de Jussieu.

Native to the eastern slopes of the Andes, in Peru and Bolivia.

Life form: small, spindly shrub.

Parts used: leaves dried and chewed as a stimulant; used for the extraction of the drug cocaine.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Illustration from the Plate Collection of the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London (Erythroxylum coca Lam. - Coca)