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Datura inoxia (Pricklybur)
Lytle, Melody

Datura inoxia

Datura inoxia Mill.

Pricklybur, Indian-apple

Solanaceae (Potato Family)

Synonym(s): Datura fastuosa, Datura innoxia, Datura metel, Datura meteloides

USDA Symbol: dain2

USDA Native Status: L48 (I), HI (I), PR (I), VI (I), CAN (W)

Perennial rootstock with annual top to 1 meter in height. Stems and leaves, especially new growth, densely villous. Flowers large, funnelform, white, tinged purple. Seed capsules ovate, studded with spines.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Perennial
Habit: Herb , Shrub
Root Type: Tuberous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Villose
Leaf Margin: Dentate , Entire
Leaf Apex: Acuminate , Acute
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: To 1 meter.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Distribution: Texas, Mexico, Central and South America. Although the USDA Plants database treats this taxon as introduced in the US, other credible authorities list it as native to Texas.

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From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Wrights Nursery - Briggs, TX

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Additional resources

USDA: Find Datura inoxia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Datura inoxia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Datura inoxia


Record Modified: 2017-10-17
Research By: JAM

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