Diplopterys Cabrerana, known locally as chaliponga, is a sacred vine in the malpighiaceae family, which is the same family as the sacred banisteriopsis caapi vine. Chaliponga seeds have been one of the hardest seeds for us to obtain, but after nearly 2 decades and a few failed attempts, we are able to bring these to market for you. These are in addition to our offerings of Diplopterys lucida, Alicia anisopetala, banisteriopsi caapi, banisteriopsis rusbyana and several other Amazonian vines in this same family.
We have seen sources use Diplopterys cabrerana synonymously with banisteriopsis rusbyana, but we believe that to be incorrect and offer seeds for both species. Not only does a very knowledgeable local source identify these differently, but analyzing the seeds of both species shows that the structure and even texture of banisteriopsis rusbyana seeds are more similar to other banisteriopsis species such as caapi and muricata. Likewise, cabrerana seeds are quite similar to those of Diplopterys lucida. All of these have a wing, but a more precise comparison makes it clear that there is a difference between the 2 genera. This would not be the first case of mistaken classification or identity of these vines. Well into the early 2010’s many people still recognized a lot of other malpighiaceae vines simply as different forms of banisteriopsis caapi. We began trying to unravel the confusion by comparing samples of seeds and vine and speaking with locals. Certainly the common names of “red caapi”, “black caapi”, “yellow caapi”, “white caapi” endure today as they have become a simplistic means of reference. This same phenomenon is not uncommon with other plants and herbs. But it is nice to be able to continue after all these year to shed new light on these vines and bring new species to collectors.
As a species. Diplopterys cabrerana is well-known amongst people who know anything about these types of plants. It has a long history of traditional use in the Amazon. But it is also one of the more curious species to study. We did have a plant several years ago, and it proved to be suitable for indoor growth in conditions similar to Banisteriopsis caapi. We presume germination procedures would also be similar to those of caapi with the bottom of the seed buried and the wing tip up. Accordingly, we are providing the link to our caapi grow guide as a reference.
Growing Information: We have no established growing information on this particular species, but it can be assumed they would follow similar growing techniques to banisteriopsis caapi. Bury the seed head at the bottom of the wing, leaving about half the wing buried. Keep moist but not to wet. Germination typically takes several weeks, so maintain moisture and be patient. We are selling these seeds fresh and for a limited time. We cannot replace or refund for any seeds that fail to grow.