Datura stramonium (Doornappel (BE) / thorn apple (EN) / Gemeiner Stechapfel (DE) / Datura stramoine (FR) ) is a common plant in the Solanaceae family. Most common names are derived from the thorny seeds but English common name are very diverse: jimson weed, devil's trumpet, devil's weed, thorn apple, tolguacha, Jamestown weed, stinkweed, locoweed, datura and moonflower, all refering to different characters of the plant. In Europe, this plant is mainly found as a weed on wastelands and in garbage dumps. But please be very carefull with this plant: all parts of Datura plants contain dangerous levels of poison and may be fatal if ingested by humans or animals. The active ingredients are the Tropane alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine which are classified as deliriants, or anticholinergics. Due to the elevated risk of overdose in uninformed users, many hospitalizations, and some deaths, are reported from recreational use. - so please don't try this at home :-D.
Image: Schilde (BE) - 21/08/2010
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