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Angel's trumpet

Angels Trumpet shrub close up of flower of Angels Trumpet close up of seed pod of Angels Trumpet
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 Common name   Angel's Trumpet
 Botanical name   Brugmansia x candida
 Other common names   Tree datura
Family   Solanaceae
 General description   An ornamental soft-wooded shrub 2–3m high, with long trumpet-shaped flowers.
Flowers   The flowers are pendulous, trumpet-shaped, pale orange to peach coloured, white or pale violet, 15–20cm long opening out to about 10cm across. The flowers have a strong sweet fragrance, particularly at night.
Leaves   The leaves are dull green and softly hairy, 10–30cm long, with wavy margins.
 Fruit/Berries   The fruit are narrow cylindrical pods.
Other   The sap is clear.
Symptoms   All parts of the plant are toxic. Symptoms may include intense thirst, difficulty with speech and swallowing, vomiting and diarrhoea, fever, confusion, hallucinations, delirium, dilated pupils, seizures and coma. Deaths have occurred. The perfume can cause respiratory irritation, headaches, nausea, and light-headedness. Eye contact with the sap may cause dilated pupils and temporary blindness.
Toxicity category   1, 3, 4
Warning   Seek medical assistance for all ingestions and eye exposures.

Last Updated: 24 August 2010
Last Reviewed: 30 October 2007