Prickly Stumper

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by lorax, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. lorax

    lorax Rising Contributor

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    Genus and species, please. It's from Ecuador, but not necessarily an endemic.
     

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    Datura stramonium ?

    nice to see a stumper again,

    muito obrigado,

    Brian
     
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    Genus correct, species not so much.
     
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    hi Lorax,

    i do not think I will get any closer!
    I have seen Datura ferox in a botanical garden and my memory was of much longer spines - so I do not think it is that - unless the fruit is still developing.

    I did grow Datura metel once and my memory of this was the fruit was more bumpy than spiney - so i do not think it is that.

    So if my memory is correct ( = big "if"), then 3 species are eliminated...but I can go no further. Hopefully someone else will step in with the answer.

    Thanks again for the challenge,
    Brian
     
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    Here's another trick for you - D. stramontium produces blackish pods at the outset, and they never really green up the way this species does.
     
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    hi Lorax,

    i have exhausted my knowledge / experience of Datura .....but i have just checked out the Tropicos Ecuador checklist and the only remaining species is D. inoxia so thats my final guess !

    Coincidentally, yesterday I came across a small plant in my garden on some soil dumped by a builder and I think it might be a young Datura....I´ll leave it for a while to see how it turns out.

    Tchau
    Brian
     
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    Ding ding ding! Winner.
     

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