Angel's Trumpet   
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Angel's Trumpet
aturalized Photo: Kripal K.
Common name: Angel's trumpet • Hindi: Dhatura धतूरा • Manipuri: ꯁꯒꯣꯜ ꯍꯤꯗꯥꯛ সগোল হিদাক Sagol hidak • Malayalam: Ummata • Tamil: மாதுளம் Madulam
Botanical name: Brugmansia suaveolens   Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Datura suaveolens

There are several varieties of Datura, some of which become small trees and have very large trumpet-shaped flowers that hang down like bells. This particular species is native to tropical America, now naturalized in most parts of the world. A large shrub with large leaves, very large, pendulous, funnel-shaped white flowers of up to 30cm long. Sweet-scented at night. In India, it is often heard of in the sanskrit scriptures as being one of the plants of choice of the travelling sadhus, particularly worshippers of Lord Shiva, the god of dissolution. With the proper preparation it is said to have hallucinogenic properties, however novices beware, for a wrongly prepared dose can be both toxic and fatal. Commonly, Datura species are grown for their attractive flowers. However, all parts of the plant are poisonous.

Identification credit: Kripal K. Photographed in Chikmagalur, Karnataka

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