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Datura metel L.
Family Solanaceae
Datura metel L. APNI*

Description: Herb, glabrous or sparsely hairy with non-glandular hairs.

Mature leaves ovate to broad-ovate and angular, 10–16 cm long and 5–15 cm wide, margins slightly sinuate to coarsely toothed.

Calyx mostly 4–7 cm long, usually 5-lobed; lobes 8–15 mm long. Corolla usually double or triple, the inner one 14–20 cm long, deep purple outside, pale lavender to white inside; limb usually 5-lobed; lobes ending in slender point 10–25 mm long. Stamens not exserted. Stigma below anthers.

Capsule body ± globose, 3–4 cm long and diam., deflexed, tubercle-like spines; spines numerous, blunt, all ± equal, 2–5 mm.


Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon garden escape, doubtfully naturalized at Brewarrina. Probably native of Asia. SYNONYMS: ?NWP; Qld, N.T., S.A., W.A.
NSW subdivisions: ?NWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
AVH map***

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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