Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Datura ferox L.
large thorn apple
Invasive, Problem species
Origin: Probably tropical America
Growth Form: Herb
Plant Description: Plant: Erect, subherbaceous annual up to 1.5 m high; stems sparsely hairy to glabrous, pale green. Leaves: Dark green above, paler below, ovate, up to 200 mm long, on long petioles; sparsely hairy, margins coarsely and irregularly toothed or lobed, veins prominent, bad-smelling. Flowers: White, solitary, narrowly funnel-shaped, up to 65 mm long, October–March. Fruit: Brown, hardened capsules, ± erect, ovoid, up to 70 mm long x 60 mm wide, covered with stout, spreading spines up to 30 mm long.
Key Features:
Control: post-emergence herbicides
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