Description of the genus
Usually foetid, annual herbs, sometimes perennial and shrubby.
Calyx tubular, 5-lobed; the tube circumscissile near the base after anthesis, leaving an annular remnant which expands in fruit. Corolla white, violet or purplish: tube long and narrow, flared upwards with short cuspidate or caudate lobes. Fruit a spherical, spiny (rarely spines 0) usually dehiscent capsule.
Derivation of name: from an Indian vernacular name
Worldwide: 12 species, native to southern N America and widely introduced and naturalised into warm and temperate regions of the world
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Other sources of information about Datura:Flora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): DaturaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: DaturaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for DaturaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): DaturaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Stefaan Dondeyne 2007-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Dondeyne, S.
. Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Datura.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1252, retrieved 19 June 2013