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Datura stramonium

Jimson Weed, Datura stramonium, from near Eldoret, Rift Valley, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a farming area of Eldoret, Rift Valley, Kenya, Africa. January 2012.

fruit of Datura stramonium, photo © Michael Plagens Was it the large, showy flowers or the halucinogenic properties that induced humans to distribute this noxoious weed all around the world? The large, pale lavender to white flowers are trumpet-shaped with five lobes. The flowers open at dusk and may remain open a few hours the following morning. The fruit contains many hard seeds and the surface is armed with many sharp prickles. The foliage is highly toxic to livestock.

Solanaceae -- Nightshade Family

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flower of Datura stramonium, photo © Michael Plagens

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 11 October 2012,
updated 30 May 2013