I'm almost an hour late and I'm very sorry for that but now we can start a new weekend flower show.
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Here is my entry for today, about the Datura:
Unlike the closely related Brugmansia, datura flowers are erect, not pendulous with colors varying from white to yellow, pink, and pale purple.
All datura species are poisonous, deliriant and sometimes used as a hallucinogen.
This is the Datura wrightii or Sacred Datura, a poisonous perennial plant often used as ornamental flower in gardens.
This herbaceous perennial grows 30 cm to 1.5 m tall and wide and it's often confused with the Angel's trumpet or Jimsonweed - Datura stramonium.
Its leaves are broad and rounded at the base.
The flowers are strikingly beautiful, with sweetly fragrant white, 5-toothed trumpets up to 20 cm (8 in) long.
It blooms from April to October, but its the first time that I see one.
The flowers open at nearly full dark (as you can see on the photo) and wither a few hours after sunrise the following morning.
In cloudy weather, they may open earlier and last longer.
As by other Datura, the fruit is a spiny capsule, the well known thorn-apple, splitting open when ripe to release the numerous seeds.
Angel's trumpet (Datura stramonium) has smaller flowers, tooth-edged leaves and 10-toothed flowers, compared with Sacred Datura.
Datura wrightii is sacred to some native Americans but also used to induce a "recreational hallucination". Similar to Datura stramonium, the plant can induce auditory and visual hallucinations, sometimes ending in a tragedy.
The plant contains Scopolamine that takes away a person's vision and so the panicked consumer becomes involved in accidents.
Now comes the worse part: administering anesthesia in the hospital, combined with the Datura, is usually fatal due to respiratory depression.
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