Datura L.

Datura is a small New World genus of probably not more than eight or ten species. In a recent synopsis Dupin & Smith (2018) recognize 12 species. Most are native in the southern United States and Mexico. Several species are widely cultivated as ornamentals (see Shaw 2000) or have become notorious agricultural or environmental weeds.

The exact origin of the genus Datura long remained uncertain. Datura stramonium is often told to be native in parts of Europe and D. ferox is a native of eastern Asia according to many authors (see for instance Moore 1972, Haegi 1976, Clement & Foster 1994). However, Symon & Haegi (1991) suggest a New World origin for the entire genus.

Dupin & Smith (2018) present a key for the identification of all Datureae worldwide (Datura, Brugmansia and Trompettia).

1. Capsule deflexed, globose, irregularly dehiscent at maturity. Corolla 11-19 cm long. Plant densely glandular-hairy === 2. Datura innoxia

1. Capsule erect, oblong, regularly dehiscent at maturity. Corolla 4-10 cm long. Plant (sub-) glabrous or sometimes slightly pubescent (but never glandular === 2

2. Capsule with few, unequal, stout spines that are 10-30 mm long. Corolla 4-6 cm long, always white === 1. D. ferox

2. Capsule with numerous, more or less equal spines that are up to 15 mm long. Corolla 5-10 cm long, white or purplish === 3. D. stramonium



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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith