Salvia divinorum Leaf Structure

Salvia divinorum may not have been the most visually attractive entheogen I grew for my Magickal Plants photo-project, back when the growing of such life forms was legal in the UK. This presented a bit of a problem for me, as I was growing this plant specifically to obtain the most interesting images of it I could garner. One aspect I found myself focusing on when taking images of the plant was the the fascinating translucent detail of its leaves:

Salvia divinorum leaf structure

For what is a fairly basic-looking plant, I found quite a lot of variety could be found within its leaf patternation. One plant in particular, even grew hairs over its entire structure:

A hair Salvia divinorum leaf

Before its controversial ban in 2016, there were two strains of Salvia divinorum available to buy and grow in the UK. The 'Bunnell' variety was by far the most common form of the plant and takes its name from the psychiatrist and ecologist who first brought back live specimens of  Salvia divinorum for study and propagation in 1962. For decades, this was the only strain of the plant available to the Western world. The second variety of the plant is known as the 'Blosser' strain. This was first collected from the Mexican Cloud Forest in 1991 by the anthropologist Bret Blosser.  It is also known as the 'Palatable' strain as it is less bitter than the former plant and more amenable to chewing. Chewing the leaves of Salvia divinorum is the preferred and more traditional method of its consumption by Shamans.

As you can see from the comparison pictures below, there are physical differences between the leaf stucture of both strains:

Salvia divinorum - Bunnel Strain

Salvia divinorum - Blosser Strain

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