Angel’s trumpet

Brugmansia_35

Common name: Angel’s trumpet, moon flower

Scientific name: Datura species, Brugmansia species

Hazard associated: All parts poisonous if ingested.

Notes: angeltrumpet-with-bee

  • These plants are grown in gardens for their attractive flowers.
  • Datura species have erect flowers. Brugmansia has pendulous flowers.
  • Contains hallucinogenic alkaloid compounds – hycosamine and scopolamine.
  • Used in shamanistic medicine.
  • Many cases of poisoning in humans arise from deliberate ingestion of the seeds or teas made with the leaves by people seeking an altered state. Also consumption of honey from bees foraging on Angel’s trumpet has been known to cause poisoning.

 Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datura

Image credits:

“Brugmansia 35” by Jan Smith from Brisbane, Australia – Angel’s TrumpetUploaded by berichard. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brugmansia_35.jpg#/media/File:Brugmansia_35.jpg
“Apis mellifera (honeybee) on Datura II (3916425357)” by Marshal Hedin from San Diego – Apis mellifera (honeybee) on Datura II. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apis_mellifera_(honeybee)_on_Datura_II_(3916425357).jpg#/media/File:Apis_mellifera_(honeybee)_on_Datura_II_(3916425357).jpg