Datura.
Datura stramonium L.
Synonym:
Plant Family:
Solanaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A branched, hairy, annual herb, up to 100-130 cm tall, a weed in waste places, roadsides in sub-tropical zone.
Plant Description:
Leaves simple, ovate, sinuate-dentate. Inflorescence axillary, solitary. Flower actinomorphic, large, white-cream, trumpet shaped. Calyx dentate, tubular, lobes 6-9mm long. Corolla 7-10cm long, limb up to 8 cm broad. Fruit a capsule, ovoid, spiny, 3-6cm long, dehiscing by 4-valves. Seed 3mm long, kidney shaped, black.
Flowering and Fruiting:
May-September.
Harvesting Time:
May-October.
Medicinal Value:
A poisonous plant in large doses, but in small doses useful in asthma, malaria, earache, impotency and baldness. [6] Externally ease rheumatism. Local herbalists recommend four to six seeds with warm milk for impotency.
Part Used:
Fruit, Leaf, Seed.
Occurrence:
Uncommon.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Collection, Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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