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Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by lorax, Jun 13, 2010.
Genus and species, please. It's from Ecuador, but not necessarily an endemic.
Datura stramonium ?
nice to see a stumper again,
Genus correct, species not so much.
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,
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.
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....IÂ´ll leave it for a while to see how it turns out.
Ding ding ding! Winner.