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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Datura

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Solanales > Family: Solanaceae

About eight species, all native to the New World, with four species naturalised in southern Africa. Datura ferox (Large thorn apple, Grootstinkblaar), Datura innoxia (Downy thorn apple, Harige stinkblaar) and Datura stramonium (Common thorn apple, Gewone stinkblaar) are declared Category 1 invasive plants in South Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Datura ferox (Large thorn apple)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Datura inoxia

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Datura metel


Datura stramonium (Common thorn-apple)

See Flora of Zimbabwe, Wikipedia.


Herbivores in southern Africa

Acherontia atropos (Death's Head Hawkmoth)

The caterpillars eat the leaves of many species in the Solanaceae, including in this genus.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae