Saturday, August 21, 2010

common jimson weed
Datura stramonium

I really wanted this to be our native western jimson weed (D. wrightii), but alas this is the non-native. The flowers look similar in photos, although I suspect the western jimson weed flowers can get quite large. D. wrightii appears to have smoother leaf margins, whereas D. stramonium leaves are more toothed. I double-checked Fort Ord's plant list to confirm this ID. The seed pods are impressive. It seems the origins of this plant are unclear.


Anonymous said...

That looks very much like what we call Thorn Apple.

Wonderful photos throughout Katie.

Nature ID said...

Yes, I think ours is also called thorn apple, too.