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pituri

(ˈpɪtʃərɪ)
n, pl -ris
(Plants) an Australian solanaceous shrub, Duboisia hopwoodii, the leaves of which are the source of a narcotic used by the native Australians
[C19: from a native Australian name]
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Subjects covered include medicinal flowers, particularly the daisy family, validation and new research on traditional remedies, soil quality and ingestion, desert-specific plants, nightshades, tobacco as a medicine, steroidal substances in food plants, and the atypical narcotic pituri.
Psychoactive substances of the South Seas: betel, kava and pituri.
Coca was domesticated in the western Andes close to 7,000 years ago, and the consumption of tobacco in the Americas, pituri in Australia, and khat in Eastern Africa already represented ancient practices when European colonists made first contact, perhaps dating back 40,000 years or more.
However, the major focus of the chapter is on the Pituri Road, the network for trade in the psychoactive drug extracted from Duboisia hopwoodii, and the significant activities associated with this road and its trade.
Australian Aboriginal people used the plant pituri (Duboisia hopwoodil) for its nicotine content, as well as the plant Nicotiana gossei, which is a stimulant (Sullivan & Hagen 2002: 390; Watson 1983).
It is with the last category, drugs, that I found reports of the intentional use of psychedelic plants for psychic experiences across all five continents, from the use of nicotine-rich pituri (Duboisia hopwoodii) by indigenous Australians (Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research, 2004) and datura (Datura metel) on the Indian subcontinent (Schuhes & Hofmann, 1992), to the use of iboga (Tabernanthe iboga) in central Africa (Pinchbeck, 2002), Syrian rue (Peganum harmala) in north Africa and the Middle East (Rudgley, 1998), mandrake (Mandragora officinarum) in Europe (Muller-Ebeling, Rfitsch, & Storl, 2003), and fly-agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms in Siberia (Rudgley, 1998) and north America (Wasson, 1979).
Australian aborigines used nicotine from both the pituri plant (Duboisia hopwoodii) and Nicotiana gossel before the arrival of Europeans, as did Native Americans (from native Nicotiana tabacum and Nicotiana rustica) [6, 9].
Duboisia hopwoodii, the pituri bush, was one of the most important plants of commerce among pre-contact Aboriginal people and complex trading routes existed which were well recognised across tribal boundaries.
White Lubra / White Savage: Pituri and Colonialist Fantasy in Charles Chauvel's Uncivilised.
The dunes have a scattered-to-moderate overstorey of mulga (Acacia aneura), white cypress pine (Callitris glaucophylla), red box (Eucalyptus intertexta), and rosewood (Alectryou oleifolius) and locally dense stands of narrow-leafed hopbush and pituri (Duboisia hopwoodii).
He focuses on pearl shell from the Pilbara and Kimberley coasts and how the pearl shell journeyed to the inland along three major routes, and how it was exchanged for spears, boomerangs, pituri and pigment.
But Jeanette Hoorn sees the criticism as her point of entry, and in her article it allows for a re-reading and contextualization of a racist film within 1930s society and as part of a prevalence then in Western cultures to construct colonial fictions of white supremacy, civilization, savagery, captive women, and illicit trade, in this case, Pituri, an indigenous drug.