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Large Thornapple Nasty stuff! Datura ferox,Geotagged,Invasive species,South Africa,Summer,datura ferox,invasive plants,weeds Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

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  1. Dried seedpod of the Large Thornapple  Datura ferox,Geotagged,South Africa,Summer,datura ferox,invasive plants,south africa,weeds

    The dried seed pod one month later
    Posted 6 years ago
  2. Hard to get an idea of its size....I'm guessing this is a macro? Posted 6 years ago
    1. Sorry Ferdy, somehow I missed your comment, just picked it up now Travis has also commented.
      As Travis says, quite large, not macro and is also very toxic to livestock. It is considered an alien species here in South Africa.
      Posted 6 years ago
  3. Roughly the size of the center of the palm of your hand, Ferdy. We have another species in this genus that grows at home in my parents' cattle pastures. There are folklore stories that describe the toxicity of the seeds as being unforgivable when ingested. Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks Travis!! Posted 6 years ago

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''Datura ferox'', commonly known as Long Spined Thorn Apple or Fierce Thornapple, is a species of ''Datura''. Like all such species, every part of the plant contains deadly toxins that can kill animals that ingest it. Its fruit, red-brown when ripe, has unusually long thorns or spikes.

The species was first described in 1756 by Linnaeus. ''Ferox'' means "strongly fortified," referring to the fearsome-looking spines on the seed pod. It probably originated in southeastern China. Today it.. more

Similar species: Potatoes
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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Uploaded Feb 16, 2014. Captured Jan 14, 2014 17:17 in Unnamed Road, South Africa.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm