Datura innoxia Mill.

Recurved Thorn-apple

Gard. Dict. no., edn 8, 5 (1768) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stout herb to 1 m high; branches tomentose with erect glandular hairs. Leaves broad-ovate, mostly 6–20 cm long, 3–12 cm wide, virtually entire, apex acute, base cuneate, often asymmetric, lower surface sparsely to densely tomentose, upper surface less so; petiole to c. 10 cm long. Flowers erect on short indistinct pedicels; calyx 3–6-lobed, 5–11 cm long, lobes 13–20 mm long, sometimes not completely separating; corolla 12–19 cm long, white with green veins, limb undulate, apparently 10-lobed, alternate lobes triangular or ending in a slender point 5–10 mm long; stamens not exserted, anthers 8–10 mm long; style 10–14 cm long, stigma well below anthers. Capsule subglobose, 3–5 cm long, deflexed, spiny, opening irregularly; spines numerous, slender, sharp, c. equal in length, to c. 10 mm long; persistent calyx-base to 20 mm long; seeds 4–5 mm long, brown. Flowers mainly summer.

*Gold, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *RobP, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to Mexico and ?South America. Widespread in north and north-west Victoria often in disturbed sites.

Datura inoxia Mill. is an orthographic variant. Miller originally misspelled the epithet, which is corrected to Datura innoxia under Art. 60.1 (Shenzhen Code, 2018).

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, 2019-03-21
Distribution map
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 innoxia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Datura innoxia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present introduced
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales