Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)
Nightshade Family

 

827t.JPG (4699 bytes) The nightshade family has many weeds in it, including jimsonweed and several nightshade species. One common element in this family is poisons, most of these plants produce very nasty plant poisons. Jimsonweed is loaded with plant alkaloids like scopalmine and atropine. When I was in the US Army they gave us atropine with our gas masks as an antidote to nerve gas warfare. The grasshopper above thought jimsonweed would be tasty. Unfortunately it was dead, frozen in its eating posture, from some of those nasty chemicals. Weeds will adapt to survive, whatever it takes.

Seedlings:

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Leaves & stems:

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Flowers & seed capusule:

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