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Datura metel
Datura metel
Datura metel

Wikipedia description

Datura metel is a shrub-like perennial herb, commonly known as devil's trumpet and metel. According to Drug & Cosmetic Act 1940 & Rule 1995 this plant is banned in India to use in Ayurvedic medicine. 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 was settled. It is not possible to be sure about its original home.

The plant is an annual herb growing up to 3 ft. 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. 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. 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.

Scientific classification

Clade: Core Eudicots/Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Species: Datura metel


Sample nameSample codeTissueRNA extractorSample providerBLASTSRA dataAssembly data
JNVS-Datura_metelJNVSleavesC. RothfelsC. Rothfels