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Coca plant, Erythroxylum coca. Cocaine is made from this plant, but Andean natives use the raw leaves or a tea made from them as a mild stimulant. Native to the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, Peru and Bolivia. A characteristic of this genus is the longitudinal vein on each side of the mid rib. Photographed growing near Agua Caliente, Peru.
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