When bees sip nectar from these beautiful orchids,
which are found in Sri Lanka, India, and Burma
(Myanmar), they soon fall to the ground in a
narcoticized stupor (cf. honey). In India, a
psychoactive use of this plant is said to have been
derived from observations of this occurrence:
'~yurvedic shamans used the flower in a decoction
to achieve the hypnotic narcosis of their
office, permitting them a transcendent state of
being" (Emboden 1979, 17*).
No active principles are known (Emboden
1979, "194*).

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