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Sacred Datura (Angel's-trumpet; Indian-apple; Moonflower)

Datura wrightii

Datura wrightii

Family: Solanaceae – Potato Family

Annual or perennial herbs; poisonous; stems are 11.8” to 3.3' (3 to 10 dm) tall

Leaves: alternate (or subopposite, especially toward the branch ends); simple; can be toothed; 2” to 10” (5 to 25 cm) long

Flowers: 5 united large trumpet-shaped white tubular petals; 5 lobed green tubular sepals; 5 distinct stamens; flowers are ill-scented and open in the evening; 6” to 9.2” (15 to 23 cm) long

Pollinators: moths

Fruits: capsule covered with prickles

Blooms in Arches National Park: May, June, July, August, September, October

Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities

Location seen: Devils Garden trailhead, Moab

Other: The genus name, “Datura”, is from the Hindu vernacular name “Dhatura”. The species name, “wrightii”, honors American botanical collector, Charles Wright (1811-1885).

This is a poisonous, narcotic plant that can lead to death if eaten.

Did You Know?

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch is the longest arch in Arches National Park, measuring 306 feet from base to base. In 1991, a massive slab of rock fell from its underside, resulting in an even thinner ribbon of rock.