|This tropical araliaceous plant is said to have been
used as a hallucinogen in Papua New Guinea. The leaves of this plant (possibly Homalomena
belgraveana Sprague) were ingested together with
the bark of Galbulimima belgraveana (F. Muell.)
Sprague332 [sm. Himantandra belgraveana F. Muell.]
and the root of Zingiber zerumbet (1.) Sm. [syn.
Alpinia speciosa] (see Zingiber officinale). This
allegedly produced strong visions followed by
intense dreams (Barrau 1958). Since this plant is
known locally as maraba, the same name given to
Kaempferia galanga and Galbulimima, the botanical
identity of this purported hallucinogen is still
in question. Chemical studies are lacking (Schultes
and Hofmann 1995,45*).
The species Homalomena cordata Schott and
H. versteegii Engler are used in New Guinea for
rain and love magic, respectively (Ott 1993,409*).
Chemical studies of these species are also lacking
(D. McKenna 1995, 101*). The ginger-scented rhizome
of the East Indian species Homalomena aromatica
was once used as an aphrodisiac (Hirschfeld
and Linsert 1930, 180*). In Papua New Guinea, an
ointment is made from the stem of a Homalomena
species known as iva iva together with coconut oil(cf. Cocos nucifera) (von Reis and Lipp 1982, 10*).
Barrau, Jacques. 1958. Nouvelles observations au
sujet des plantes hallucinogenes d'usage
autochtone en Nouvelle-Guinee. Journal
d'Agriculture Tropicale et de Botanique Appliquee5:377-78.