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02.09.2012 (246/366) Toloache

As it is known to the native Americans and also known as la yerba del diablo, the devil's weed. This beauty is Datura, commonly, Jimson Weed. These large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom March through November. Corollas are up to 6 inches (15.24cm) long, are often tinged with purple around the edges. This flower opens after dusk and closes by mid-morning of the following day. It is a beauty to be seen but BEWARE......All species of Datura have long been used by native peoples of the Southwest USA in puberty and other ceremonies because of the plant's halucinogenic alkaloids. People trying to imitate Native American ways have poisoned themselves, often fatally. The tea from Datura is extremely hallucinogenic. The effects are reported to be stronger than peyote, psyillicibin, or LSD. It is also very toxic and can cause permanent psychosis. It induces an intoxication followed by narcosis in which hallucinations occur during the transition state between consciousness and sleep. So don't say I didn't warn you :)

 

Probably one of the most beautiful weeds I've ever seen!

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Taken on September 2, 2012