Common name: Common Thornapple
Datura stramonium L. APNI*
Description: Stout herb, glabrous or sparsely hairy with non-glandular hairs.
Mature leaves rhombic to angular ovate, mostly 8–35 cm long, 5–20 cm wide, deeply lobed; lobes few and usually coarsely toothed or sinuate.
Calyx usually 3–4 cm long; lobes 6–8 mm long. Corolla mostly 6–8 cm long, white or pale lavender; limb 5-lobed; lobes ending in a slender point c. 10 mm long. Stamens not exserted. Stigma below, level with or above anthers.
Capsule body ovoid, 2–4.5 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm diam., erect; spines numerous, slender, variable in length, the longest < 2 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of wasteland and disturbed areas; widespread. Origin uncertain, probably native of N Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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