Datura metel L.

  • Family : SOLANACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Solanaceae
  • Species : Datura metel
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Datura metel L.
  • Common name : Thorn Apple
  • Vernacular name : Dhattura, Kala Dhattura, Sadah Dhatura (Hin.); Daturi, Ummati (Kan.); Karu-oommatthai (Tam.); Ummetha (Tel.); Kaladudura, Dadura, Dudura (Ori.); Dhatturah, Dhusturah (San.)
  • Key identification features : A herb with large, simple and alternate leaves. Flowers are showy, 7 cm across, trumpet-shaped with 5 teeth-like projections. Fruit is a many-seeded capsule.
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Native : Old World tropics
  • Comments : Often grows on plains to 1500 m on hills.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Throughout Eastern Ghats
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in most parts of the world.
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipal, Orissa; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Datura metel. Downloaded on 11 August 2020.


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