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Thiruvengadam Ekambaram

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Jan 11, 2009, 1:19:47 AM1/11/09
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This I took it from Bharatpur after 1st gate while entering, on 6th Jan.2009.
This looks similar to white angle's trumpet but size is less than half.
Local people called this as Dadura.
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Dinesh Valke

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Jan 11, 2009, 6:50:43 AM1/11/09
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... does look like <i>Datura</i> sp.
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mayur nandikar

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Jan 11, 2009, 6:58:11 AM1/11/09
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HI,
They r  right Its Look Like Datura inoxia
Common in waste land. Seeds contains hyoscine, hyoscyamine and traces of atropine.
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J.M. Garg

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Jan 11, 2009, 9:15:17 AM1/11/09
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Thanks, Mayur ji.
Here are some extract from Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datura_inoxia

Datura inoxia (thorn-apple, downy thorn-apple, Indian-apple, moonflower, sacred datura, toloatzin, or toloache) is a species in the family Solanaceae. It is native to Central and South America, and introduced in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. The scientific name is often cited as D. innoxia. The plant was first described in 1768 by English botanist Philip Miller. The name Datura metalloides was for some time erroneously applied to some members of the species, but that name has now been abandoned.[1]

Datura inoxia is an annual shrubby plant 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. It has elliptic entire-edged leaves with pinnate venation.[1] 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.[citation needed]

The flowers are white, trumpet-shaped, 12–19 cm long. They first grow upright, and later incline downward. It flowers from early summer until late fall.

The fruit is an egg-shaped spiny capsule, about 5 cm in diameter. It splits open when ripe, dispersing the seeds. Another means of dispersal is by the fruit spines getting caught in the fur of animals, who then carry the fruit far from the mother plant. The seeds have hibernation capabilities, and can last for years in the soil. The seeds, as well as the entirety of this plant, are also hallucinogenic, but have a high probability of overdose.

All parts of Datura plants contain dangerous levels of poison and may be fatal if ingested by humans or animals, including livestock and pets. Some municipalities prohibit the purchase, sale, or cultivation of Datura plants.[1]

Other good links:http://www.zanthan.com/gardens/plants/datura.html (details with pictures), http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Datura%20metel.pdf (details with a drawing).
2009/1/11 mayur nandikar <mnan...@gmail.com>
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