Various species of this genus are used in South
America as ayahuasca additiveas. Some species,
under the name cimora or timora, are added to San
Pedro drinks (see Trichocereus pachanoi). Iresine
species also are said to be the main ingredient or at
least one of the main ingredients in the mysterious
South American magical drink cimora (Ott 1993,
409*). Unfortunately, chemical studies are lacking.
Betacyanin has been detected in the herbage of
the Caribbean Iresine herbstii Hook. f. (Wong
1976, 119*).

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