Datura wrightii Regel

Hairy Thorn-apple

Gartenflora 8: 193, t. 260 (1859) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stout herb to 1.2 m high; branches tomentose with retrorse simple hairs, some erect glandular hairs usually also present. Leaves ovate to angular-ovate, mostly 5–16 cm long, 4–10 cm wide, virtually entire or irregularly lobed, apex acute, base cuneate, often asymmetric, both surfaces tomentose; petiole to c. 10 cm long. Flowers erect on short indistinct pedicels; calyx 5-lobed, 6–9 cm long, lobes 10–25 mm long, sometimes not completely separating; corolla 14–20 cm long, white often tinged with lavender toward margin; corolla limb 5-lobed, the lobes ending in a point 5–13 mm long; stamens shortly exserted, anthers 10–14 mm long; style 15–17 cm long, stigma above level of anthers. Capsule subglobose, 2.5–3.5 cm long, deflexed, spiny, opening irregularly; spines numerous, slender, sharp, about equal in length, mostly 3–5 mm long; persistent calyx-base to 10 mm long; seeds 5–6 mm long, yellow-brown to grey-brown. Flowers mainly summer.

*Gold, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to California, Mexico and western Texas. Currently known in Victoria from collections at Boort, Dimboola, Dookie, Maldon and Yarrawonga but possibly more widespread and confused with the similar Datura innoxia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-04
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
genus Datura
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Datura wrightii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Datura wrightii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales