Datura stramonium L.
Solanaceae (Potato family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Robert Flogaus-Faust     (Photo ID #26230)


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Distribution of Datura stramonium
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Species Information

Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems erect, solitary, branched, smooth, 50-150 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves egg-shaped, irregularly toothed or angled, shallowly lobed, 5-20 cm long, 4-15 cm wide.
Inflorescence of terminal, single flowers; corollas white, tubular, the tubes 6-10 cm long, the limbs 3-5 cm tall, shallowly lobed with projecting teeth up to 1 cm long; calyces 3.5-5 cm long, shortly 5-lobed.
Capsules, dry, dehiscent egg-shaped, 3-5 cm long, densely prickly; seeds poisonous.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry waste places in the lowland and steppe zones; rare in S BC; introduced from Mexico.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Datura stramonium var. tatula (L.) Torr.
Datura tatula L.