Underside of a Coca Leaf

Underside of a Coca Leaf

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Caption: Underside of a leaf from the coca plant (Erythroxylon coca). The leaves contain the stimulant chemical cocaine. They can be chewed to produce a mild stimulant effect, or made into an infusion. The plant is native to the slopes of the Andes in South America, where indigenous people have used it for centuries. The leaves can also be processed to extract pure cocaine. For this reason the cultivation of the plant is controversial.

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