17 Jun 2020

Datura innoxia – Raydah Escarpment

Whilst birding the bottom of the Raydah Escarpment I came across some Datura innoxia. It is a tuberous-rooted, subshrub that typically reaches a height of 0.6 to 1.5 metres. Its stems and leaves are covered with short and soft grayish hairs, giving the whole plant a grayish appearance. All parts of the plant emit a foul odor similar to rancid peanut butter when crushed or bruised, although most people find the fragrance of the flowers to be quite pleasant when they bloom at night. The flowers are white, trumpet-shaped, 12–19 cm long. They first grow upright, and later incline downward. It has very spiny hanging fruits. Its leaves are not grazed as it is highly poisonous even to man. It is a very widespread plant in the country considering it is an introduced species and although its distribution is patchy it is often common where it is found.
Datura innoxia

Datura innoxia

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