Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Read more about Jimsonweed at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Thorn apples are very toxic and can cause hallucinations, euphoria, seizures, tachycardia and, in some cases, coma and death. Read more at "Magical, Mystical and Medicinal".
Jimsonweed, Thorn Apple
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JK Marlow jkm0407x_15
July Greenville County SC
The plant is dangerously poisonous, per Weakley's Flora.
Roxanna Martin rlm82309_162
August Spartanburg County SC
Funnelform corolla is 7-10cm long, its 5 lobes reduced to slender teeth, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
Gill Newberry gn09_d_stramonium_habit
Leaves ovate, with large, coarse, angular teeth, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
JK Marlow jkm060902_003
September Greenville County SC
Flowers trumpet-shaped; each flaring lobe ends in a long sharp tooth, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
Roxanna Martin rlm92709_425
September Spartanburg County SC
Capsule erect, subglobose or ovoid, 2.5-4cm long, spinose, valvate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
Roxanna Martin rlm102309_068
October Spartanburg County SC
All parts of the plant, esp seeds, dangerously poisonous to man and livestock, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_datura_stramonium_c
Calyx angled with flat sides, 3-5cm long; calyx lobes lanceolate, 5-7mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
Non-native? presumably introduced from Mexico or Central America
Habitat: Fields, pastures, disturbed areas, especially common in severely over-grazed pastures; presumably introduced from farther south and west (Mexico or Central America) prior to 1492, per Weakley's Flora
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Leaves have petioles.
5-sided synsepalous calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p397
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p214
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p125
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry p212
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition p222
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p196
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p233
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p150