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Datura wrightii

Higher Taxonomy
Family: SolanaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual to shrub. Leaf: generally simple, generally alternate, generally petioled; stipules 0; blade entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence: various. Flower: bisexual; calyx lobes generally 5; corolla +- radial, cylindric to rotate, lobes generally 5; stamens 5, on corolla tube, alternate lobes; ovary superior, generally 2-chambered, style 1. Fruit: berry, loculicidal or septicidal capsule, [(drupe)], 2--5-chambered.
Genera In Family: 75 genera, 3000 species: worldwide, especially +- tropics; many alien weeds in California; many cultivated for food, drugs, or ornamental (potato, tomato, peppers, tobacco, petunia). Toxicity: many TOXIC. Note: Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn. is a waif.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: DaturaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: JIMSON WEED
Habit: Annual to subshrub, hairs +- 0 or simple, ill-smelling. Leaf: entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in branch forks. Flower: calyx circumscissile near base, leaving +- rotate collar in fruit; corolla funnel-shaped, white or +- purple, lobes 5(10); stamens attached below tube middle; ovary 2- or 4-chambered. Fruit: capsule, leathery or woody, prickly; valves 2--4 or irregular. Seed: +- flat, black, brown, gray-brown, or tan.
Species In Genus: +- 13 species: warm regions, especially Mexico; several ornamental, some source of drugs. Etymology: (Hindu: ancient name) Toxicity: All species. TOXIC.
Datura wrightii Regel
Habit: Annual or perennial herb, 5--15 dm. Stem: white-puberulent. Leaf: 7--20 cm, ovate, entire or coarsely lobed. Flower: erect to nodding; calyx 8--12 cm, ribbed at least toward base, lobes +- 2 cm; corolla 15--20 cm, puberulent, white, lobes 1--2 cm, tips long, narrow; filaments 13--15 cm, anthers 12--15 mm; style 15--18 cm. Fruit: irregular-valved, nodding, 25--30 mm wide, puberulent; prickles 5--12 mm. Seed: 5 mm, flat, tan; margin grooved. Chromosomes: n=12.
Ecology: Sandy or gravelly open areas; Elevation: < 2200 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoRI, c&s SNF, Teh, GV, CW, SW, D; Distribution Outside California: to Utah, Texas, Mexico. Flowering Time: Apr--Oct Note: Cult for showy flowers; may have been introduced by early Spanish; possibly conspecific with Datura inoxia Mill.
Synonyms: Datura meteloides A.DC.
Jepson eFlora Author: Michael H. Nee
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Botanical illustration including Datura wrightii

botanical illustration including Datura wrightii


Citation for this treatment: Michael H. Nee 2012, Datura wrightii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 02, 2021.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2021, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 02, 2021.

Datura wrightii
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© 2008 Neal Kramer
Datura wrightii
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© 2011 Neal Kramer
Datura wrightii
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© 2005 George W. Hartwell
Datura wrightii
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© 2015 Keir Morse
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© 2008 Thomas Stoughton
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Geographic subdivisions for Datura wrightii:
NCoRI, c&s SNF, Teh, GV, CW, SW, D
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