Observation 70779: Parmotrema menyamyaense
When: 1980-01-01
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Put on your happy pants and go grab the nutritional yeast. This is the (verbatim) product info for what the legal high vendor “Shaman’s Garden” calls “Rock Blooms” (http://www.shamansgarden.com/...). Of course, there are – zero – citations. At least they did us the courtesy of including a latin name.


Rock Blooms (Parmotrema menyamyaense)

The approximately 10,000 people who live in the mid slopes of the Eastern Himalayas are primarily of the Adi, Buddhist and Mishmi tribes with ten sub tribes, the oldest known lineage of humans in the Northern Hemisphere. It is from their remarkable storehouse of knowledge that this mystical herb called “the blooms of rocks” now make their presence to modern civilization.

Of all the marvelous species of fungi on earth, the lichens are perhaps the most fascinating of all. Several hundred million years ago, a most remarkable marriage took place between the vast kingdoms of algae and fungi.

Lichens like this, were used by these tribesmen when challenged to live under the most extreme conditions, without food for long periods during winter. They used this amazing herb both as food for the body and drink for the mind.

Usually ground into a smooth paste with hemp seeds, crushed with catnip, sage and rhodolia or just smoked as is, this ancient herb reportedly creates a deep sense of relaxation and well being while enhancing vision and relieving depression.

Often used together with its companion herb, woodrose or ipomea (illegal to consume in many parts of the world), it reportedly makes the deeply meditative and insightful states of parmotrema more accessible, and activates the centered and inward focus of the meditation. Used together, they reportedly produce a much more productive time of contemplation, which is often followed by great insights and breakthroughs.


IF lists the taxon as:

Parmotrema menyamyaense Louwhoff & Elix

with the original description located in:

Louwhoff, S.H.J.J.; Elix, J.A. (1999). Parmotrema and Allied Lichen Genera in Papua New Guinea. Bibliotheca Lichenologica 73: 152 pp.: J. Cramer in Gebr. Borntraeger.

That’s right, Papua New Guinea. No mention of the Himalayas here. We’ll see what the full article has to say.

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Chris
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-07-27 03:29:03 MST (-0700)

A kindred spirit in the quest for ethnolichenology! I knew there were more of us out there. I hope to venture a bit deeper down this rabbit hole as time permits. Stay tuned!

Very Interesting
By: christopher hodge (christopher hodge)
2011-07-03 15:24:55 MST (-0700)

I appreciate that you have begun the psychoactive lichen species list as there seems to be precious little information on this category of Lichen.Heck there is a serious lack of general ethnobotanical information on them anyways, let alone medicinal uses. Thanks for sharing!

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