Datura (botany)

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Datura (botany)
Datura inoxia.jpg
Drawing of D. Inoxia
Taxonomical nomenclature
Kingdom Plantae
Unranked Angiosperms
Unranked Eudicots
Unranked Asterids
Order Solanales
Family Solanaceae
Genus Datura
Species sp.,
Common nomenclature
Common names devil's trumpets, angel's trumpets, moonflowers, Jimsonweed, devil's weed, hell's bells, thorn-apple
Active constituents Tropane alkaloids

Datura is a genus of nine species of poisonous vespertine flowering plants belonging to the family Solanaceae. Also known as devil's trumpets, moonflowers, Jimsonweed, devil's weed, hell's bells, thorn-apple, and many more.

The precise and natural distribution of daturas is uncertain, owing to its extensive cultivation and naturalization throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the globe. Its distribution within the Americas and North Africa, however, is most likely restricted to the United States and Mexico and Southern Canada in North America, and Tunisia in Africa, where the highest species diversity occurs.

All species of Datura are poisonous, especially their seeds and flowers. Daturas are not to be confused with angel's trumpets, its closely related genus Brugmansia.


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