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Datura stramonium

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 26 August 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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JOSE LUIS BERNAL from Jerez de la Fra. (Cádiz), Spain

Excelentes tonos. Buena composición . Un saludo

26 Aug 2010 6:56am

@JOSE LUIS BERNAL: Thanks again for you visit and comment, Jose. I'm glad you like my images.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Very delicate! The shape of the flower is beautiful,

26 Aug 2010 8:29am

@Marilla: Flowers seem to glow in the dark... reflecting almost every little bit of light available. I tried to capture this. Thanks for commenting again, Marilla.

♏arleen from Netherlands

'Locoweed':-))))))))
Ze worden ook aangeboden als potplant in tuincentra, dus ondanks de gevaren zijn ze erg popi;-)
Deze heeft een heel aparte paarse gloed, nooit eerder gezien!

26 Aug 2010 8:52am

@♏arleen: Ik ben geen regelmatig bezoeker van tuincentra... (geen tijd voor mijn tuin - ben altijd weg om foto's te gaan nemen :D ) dus heb ze daar nog nooit gezien, maar lijkt me toch niet echt wel gevaarlijk ... stel je voor dat kleine kinderen de blaadjes lekker vinden ... Tegen de avond zijn ze eigenlijk op hun mooist. De witte bloemen reflecteren dan alle kleine stukjes licht die er nog te vinden zijn... die "gloed" heb ik proberen vast te leggen (al was het nog niet helemaal donker). Het paarsige zat in alle bloemen van de plant.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Zo mooi en dan toch zo gevaarlijk ... een beauty in disguise ;) Prachtige lichtval, de sierlijke vormen en tere kleuren komen goed tot hun recht tegen de donkere achtergrond.

26 Aug 2010 9:26am

@Monique: Hoewel het "maar" een "onkruid" is dat vaak op verwaarloosde plekjes opduikt, tot zelfs in de stad toe heeft die inderdaad prachtig gevormde bloemen.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

like a dancer's skirt, lovely

26 Aug 2010 11:52am

@Veronique: Thanks again for you comment, Veronique.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

magnifique la forme de cette fleur ,une lumiere superbe ,et une belle pdc !!
amitiés !!

26 Aug 2010 2:59pm

@marc battault: Thank you very much, Marc. Can you please explain what "pdc" is ? I can't find a translation on that ...

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I think I may have photographed one of these on Monday. I will have to do a comparison. I did not get a name for it when I was out. Very pretty.

26 Aug 2010 3:30pm

@Dutçh: When the plants had very thorny and thick seed - it's probably the same :-) Flowers and seeds can mostly be seen at the same time on the plant.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

par pdc ,je voulais dire profondeur de champ ,depth of field ,johan !
friendships !

26 Aug 2010 10:09pm

@marc battault: Ok Marc, now I understand :-) This is in English usually referred to as DOF so I am more used to that term. Thank you very much for the extra explannation ! Greetz.

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

WOW meer krijg ik niet gezegd.

26 Aug 2010 10:52pm

@Joke: Ook zonder veel woorden spreekt de verwondering uit je commentaar. Dank je, Joke. Fijn weekend voor je.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Eine wunderschöne und zarte Blüte, super fotografiert - aber irgendwie anders als von dir gewohnt !

27 Aug 2010 8:47am

@Loner: Maybe because the green and brown tones are missing in this image ?

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

It is very pretty for such a dangerous plant.

28 Aug 2010 11:42pm

@Julie Brown: It is indeed :-) Beauty and danger often go together in nature ....

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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