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