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Useful Tropical Plants

Brugmansia arborea

(L.) Lagerh.

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Brugmansia cornigera (Hook.) Lagerh.

Brugmansia knightii Merkus-Doornik

Datura arborea L.

Datura cornigera Hook.

Datura knightii (auct.) Voss

Datura speciosa Salisb.

Elisia formosissima Milano

Common Name:

Brugmansia arborea
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Javier martin
Public domain
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General Information

Brugmansia arborea is a shrub or a small tree; it can grow up to 4 metres tall[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. The plant has been rated as promising for being used in a clinical situation as a pain reliever for relieving headaches[
919
Title
Headache Treatments By Native Peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Preliminary Cross-Disciplinary Assessment
Publication
Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol. 36 Issue 3 pp 193 - 206
Author
Russo E.B.
Publisher
Elsevier
Year
1992
ISBN
0378-8741
Description
A scientific article looking at some of the most promising plants in Ecuador for treating headaches.
].

Known Hazards

The seeds are narcotic, dulling the senses and understanding, and they are occasionally administered with evil intent as a powder in food. Some native people assert that there are those who have gone mad merely by lying down to sleep in the shade of these trees[
630
Title
Botanical Museum Leaflets Vol 28
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Year
1981
ISBN
 
Description
An article on the Ethnopharmacological uses of plants in northwestern S. America, amongst many other articles. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Colombia.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height3.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Plants are not capable of withstanding more than the occasional light frost.
Easily grown in full sun or semi-shade[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Prefers a moist but well-drained soil of a light texture[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Plants can produce flowers through much of the year[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Longitudinal cuts are made in the stems and branches, which are then applied to the head or other painful body part. The strip is bandaged in place for 15 minutes. If employed longer, a soporific or temporary anesthetic effect may be produced[
919
Title
Headache Treatments By Native Peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Preliminary Cross-Disciplinary Assessment
Publication
Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol. 36 Issue 3 pp 193 - 206
Author
Russo E.B.
Publisher
Elsevier
Year
1992
ISBN
0378-8741
Description
A scientific article looking at some of the most promising plants in Ecuador for treating headaches.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - germinates best at a temperature around 20°c[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Many species in this genus produce little, if any, fertile seed[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood with a heel. It roots best if given bottom heat at about 17°c[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2024-02-22. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Brugmansia+arborea>

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