Thornapple (Datura stramonium)

 

THORNAPPLE 
(stramonium)
A.K.A
Angel’s Trumpets, Datura, Moonflower,
Jimson Weed, Devil’s Trumpet, Devil’s Weed, Jamestown Weed, Moonseed, Stinkweed,
Locoweed, Pricklyburr, Devil’s Cucumber and Hell’s Bells

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Datura is a genus of nine species of vespertine flowering plants belonging to the family Solanaceae. They are known as Angel’s Trumpets, sometimes sharing that name with the closely related genus Brugmansia, and commonly as Daturas. They are also sometimes called Moonflowers, one of several plant species to be so. Its precise and natural distribution is uncertain, owing to its extensive cultivation and naturalization throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the globe.

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Datura species are herbaceous, leafy annuals and short-lived perennials which can reach up to 2 m in height. The leaves are alternate, 10–20 cm long and 5–18 cm broad, with a lobed or toothed margin. The flowers are erect or spreading (not pendulous like those of Brugmansia), trumpet-shaped, 5–20 cm long and 4–12 cm broad at the mouth; colors vary from white to yellow, pink, and pale purple. The fruit is a spiny capsule 4–10 cm long and 2–6 cm broad, splitting open when ripe to release the numerous seeds. The seeds disperse freely over pastures, fields and even wasteland locations.

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Datura belongs to the classic “witches’ weeds”, along with deadly nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. All parts of the plants contain toxic hallucinogens, and datura has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death. It was well known as an essential ingredient of love potions and witches’ brews.

Datura belongs to the classic “witches’ weeds”, along with deadly nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. All parts of the plants contain toxic hallucinogens, and datura has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death. It was well known as an essential ingredient of love potions and witches’ brews.
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Distribution:
Its distribution within the Americas, however, is most likely restricted to the United States and Mexico, where the highest species diversity occurs.C

Toxic Principle:
Tropane alkaloid such as scopolamine, hyoscyamine, and atropine, primarily in their seeds and flowers.
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Poisoning Symptoms include:
Anticholinergic delirium (as contrasted to hallucination): a complete inability to differentiate reality from fantasy; hyperthermia; tachycardia; bizarre, and possibly violent behavior; and severe mydriasis with resultant painful photophobia that can last several days. Pronounced amnesia is another commonly reported effect.


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