Large flower from a Peruvian Torch cactus (Echinopsis peruviana syn. Trichocereus peruvianus) in Colca Canyon, near Malata, Peru

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Large flower from a Peruvian Torch cactus (Echinopsis peruviana syn. Trichocereus peruvianus) in Colca Canyon, near Malata, Peru
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Image ID: C52D6W
The San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi, syn. Trichocereus pachanoi) is a fast-growing columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountains of Peru between 2000–3000 m in altitude. A mescaline containing cactus, it has been used for healing and religious divination in the Andes Mountains region for over 3000 years. A brew called "achuma", "huachuma" or "cimora" was prepared which was used during ritualistic ceremonies to diagnose the spiritual links to a patient's illness.
Location: Colca Canyon, near Malata, Peru