Common name: Fierce Thornapple, Longspine Thornapple
Datura ferox L. APNI*
Description: Stout herb, glabrous or sparsely hairy with non-glandular hairs.
Mature leaves broad-ovate and somewhat angular to rounded-triangular, mostly 8–14 cm long, 6–16 cm wide with a few shallow usually toothed or sinuate lobes.
Calyx to 3.5 cm long; lobes 4–7 mm long. Corolla 4–6 cm long, white; limb 5-lobed; lobes ending in a point 1–2 mm long. Stamens not exserted. Stigma below anthers.
Capsule body ± ellipsoid, 2–4 cm long, 2–3 cm diam., erect; spines usually 40–60, stout, sharp, longest towards apex of capsule and 10–15 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of wasteland and disturbed areas; chiefly in western districts, east of Finley and Brewarrina areas. Native of China.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *CT, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Natural hybrids between D. ferox and D. stramonium occur.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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