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Brugmansia Candida

Postby edser » Wed Jul 13, 2005 8:49 pm

I am curious how this tropical plant can survive and flourish in Indianapolis. I have seen it growing wild in many places and unfortunately I have heard of abuses of the plant. People are taking the seed pods from the plants and making halucenagenic teas. This is extremely dangeerous. To my knowledge this is L.S.A. the natural form of L.S.D. I am very concerned that these abuses may continue? WHo may I report them to?
P.S. this is my favorite plant. I love its smell and its name. The angles trumpet. Its verry apropriate.
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incorrect plant ID

Postby eluned » Wed Jul 13, 2005 9:53 pm

The hardy native plant that resembles Brugs is Datura Stramonium. (Datura is in the same family as tomotoes and nightshade.) One common name for datura is Angel's Trumpet (Jimson Weed is less poetic) because it contains highly toxic alkaloids.

Idiots can kill themselves with any number of common plants - this is one of them. You can't legislate common sense and it would be pretty hard to enforce legislation banning a common pasture weed. Daturas have been used in religious rituals by many different cultures - my favorite datura is a cultivar of Datura metel (black), which is native to India.

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Datura
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Postby edser » Wed Jul 13, 2005 10:11 pm

I favour Brugs. There is a large specimen growing in a conservatory near where I live. It is a very poetic plant.
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