The Info List - Datura Metel

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metel is a shrub-like annual (zone 5-7) or perennial (zone 8-10) herb, commonly known as devil's trumpet and metel. Datura
metel grows in the wild in all the warmer parts of the world, such as India and is cultivated worldwide for its chemical and ornamental properties. It was first described by Linnaeus
in 1753, but no botanically correct illustrations or descriptions were made until after the New World
New World
was settled. It is not possible to be sure about its original home.[3] The plant is an annual or perennial herb growing up to 3 ft (0.91 m) high. It is slightly furry, with dark violet shoots and oval to broad oval leaves that are often dark violet as well. The pleasantly-scented 6–8 in (15–20 cm) flowers are immensely varied, and can be single or double. Colors range from white to cream, yellow, red, and violet. The seed capsule is covered with numerous conical humps and a few spines.[3] It is similar to D. innoxia, but D. metel has almost glabrous leaves and fruits that are knobby, not spiny. D. innoxia is pilose all over and has a spiny fruit.


1 Toxicity 2 Use in traditional medicine 3 Black daturas ( Datura
metel 'Fastuosa') 4 Botanical description 5 References 6 External links

Toxicity[edit] Main article: Datura
(Toxicity) All parts of Datura
plants contain dangerous levels of highly poisonous tropane alkaloids and may be fatal if ingested by humans or other animals, including livestock and pets. In some places, it is prohibited to buy, sell, or cultivate Datura
plants.[3] Datura
metel may be toxic if ingested in a tiny quantity, symptomatically expressed as flushed skin, headaches, hallucinations, and possibly convulsions or even a coma. The principal toxic elements are tropane alkaloids. Ingesting even a single leaf can lead to severe side effects. Use in traditional medicine[edit] Datura
metel is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called yáng jīn huā (洋金花). However, the ingestion of D. metel in any form is dangerous and should be treated with extreme caution. According to Drug & Cosmetic Act 1940 & Rule 1995, Datura
metel is banned in India for use in Ayurvedic medicine. Black daturas ( Datura
metel 'Fastuosa')[edit]


metel plant

A cultivar of D. metel with a polished-looking ebony-black stem exists as a garden plant. Its flowers normally have a double or triple corolla, each corolla having a deep purple exterior and white or off-white interior. The plant is already reported to have become naturalised in Israel (see illustration). The black cultivar might become a common roadside dweller, like its white-flowered ancestor. It is known under several cultivar names such as 'Black', 'Blackcurrant Swirl', 'Cornucopaea', 'Double Blackcurrant Swirl', 'Double Purple', and 'Purple Hindu'. It has also received many scientific names which should not be used for a cultivar:

hummatu var. fastuosa (L.) Bernh. Datura
fastuosa L. Datura
metel f. fastuosa (L.) Danert Datura
metel var. fastuosa (L.) Saff. Stramonium fastuosum (L.) Moench

Botanical description[edit] The plant has the following characteristics:[4]

Habit - Large, erect and stout herb Root - Branched tap root system Stem - The stem is hollow, green and herbaceous with strong odour and hair like outgrowths Leaf - Simple, alternate, petiolate, entire or deeply lobed, glabrous showing unicostate reticulate venation and exstipulate. Inflorescence - Solitary and axillary cyme Flower - Large, greenish white, bracteate, ebractiolate, pedicellate, complete, dichlamydeous, pentamerous, regular, actinomorphic, bisexual, and hypogynous Calyx - Sepals 5, green, gamosepalous showing valvate aestivation. Calyx is mostly persistent and odd sepal is posterior in position. Corolla - Petals 5, greenish white, gamopetalous, plicate showing twisted aestivation, funnel shaped with wide mouth and 10-lobed. Androecium - Stamens 5, free from one another, epipetalous, alternate the petals and are inserted inside the middle of the corolla tube. Anthers are basifixed, dithecous with long filament, introrse and longitudinally dehiscent. Gynoecium - Ovary superior, syncarpous and bicarpellary. Ovary is basically bilocular but tetralocular due to false septa. Carpels are obliquely place and ovules on swollen axile placenta. Style simple, long and filliform. Stigma is two lobed. Fruit - Spinescent capsule opening by four apical valves with persistent calyx. Seed - Endospermous


^ " Datura
metel L. (Solanacae)". Globinmed. Global Information Hub On Integrated Medicine. Retrieved 28 March 2017.  ^ Safford, William E. (19 April 1921). "Synopsis of the genus Datura". Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. 11 (8): 173–189. Retrieved 28 March 2017.  ^ a b c Preissel, Ulrike; Preissel, Hans-Georg (2002). Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books. pp. 120–123. ISBN 1-55209-598-3.  ^ Biology Botany Higher secondary second year, Tamil Nadu board Edition - 2008

External links[edit]

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Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q715019 APDB: 119685 ARKive: datura-metel EoL: 8762066 EPPO: DATME FloraBase: 6963 FoC: 200020519 GBIF: 2928747 GRIN: 13315 iNaturalist: 48602 IPNI: 314739-2 ITIS: 30518 NCBI: 35625 Plant
List: kew-2757816 Tropicos: 29600006 VASCAN: 28830

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