Common name: Native Thornapple
Datura leichhardtii F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Stout herb, glabrous or sparsely hairy with non-glandular hairs.
Mature leaves rhombic to angular-ovate, 5–8 cm long, 2–4.5 cm wide, ± regularly toothed to sinuate.
Calyx to 4 cm long; lobes 7–10 mm long. Corolla 4–7 cm long, usually cream-coloured; limb appearing 10-lobed; alternate lobes shallow-triangular or ending in a slender point 5–7 mm long. Stamens not exserted. Stigma level with or below anthers.
Capsule body ± globose, 2–2.5 cm long and diam., deflexed; spines numerous, sharp, of variable lengths, with longest 4–9 mm.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in semi-arid areas, north of Broken Hill. Considered native of Aust., but may have originated in C Amer.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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