It is virtually impossible to miss these Magnificent and Large Trumpet Like Flowers in the Rain fed areas of the Lower Himalayas from Uttrakhand till Sikkim , India.
A Large Woody Shrub covered with Large Pendulous Blooms in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India compelled me to stop the car to have a closer look.
They were called “Dhatura” by a Local Gardener and that gave me the first clue to research the name of these beautiful Golden Blossoms.
“Dhatura” is steeped in Hindu Mythology as a source of Narcotic Drugs associated with Lord Shiva.
However ,the characteristic Drooping Blossoms in fact revealed them to be Angel’s Trumpets ( English), Brugmansia suaveolens ( Scientific name) a confusing close relative of the Genus Datura but not quite the same. Both belong to the Nightshade family Solanaceae and thus rich sources of poisonous alkaloids.
The Angel’s Trumpets can be seen in various colours like White and Pink as well.
Their Seed Pods are long resembling a Lady Finger unlike the seed pod of the infamous Datura which has spiny oval pods . While the Flowers are very similar on first glance, those of the Datura look up like vases and are called Devil’s Trumpet.
Brazil is the origin of the Angel’s Trumpets, but they are now Naturalized and fairly widespread in India.
These lovely enchanting blossoms carry toxic alkaloids which create hallucinations and other ailments and all parts of the plant are poisonous.
The Floral Twirls make my head a bit dizzy just by looking or is it just my hyperactive imagination at play ?
Inside the Trumpet
Is it not Enchanting to know that the Angel’s Trumpet and Devil’s Trumpet belong to the same family ?