Datura stramonium - Jimsonweed or Devil's snare, is a plant in the nightshade family.
It is a foul-smelling, erect, annual, freely branching herb that forms a bush up to 60 to 150 cm (2 to 5 ft) tall, with a stout, leafy, stem a pale yellow-green, forking repeatedly into branches with each fork forming a leaf and a single, erect flower - fragrant flowers are trumpet-shaped, white to creamy or violet, in the summer.
Datura stramonium is native to North America, but was spread elsewhere where it is found along roadsides and at dung-rich livestock enclosures - in Europe, it is considered a weed on wastelands and in garbage dumps.
Important note : all parts of Datura plants contain dangerous levels of the tropane alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine, which are classified as deliriants, or anticholinergics. The risk of fatal overdose is high among uninformed users, and many hospitalizations occur amongst recreational users who ingest the plant for its psychoactive effects.
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