ANGELS IN PINK and ENORMOUS TRUMPETS are two previous blogs which if read along with this post would enhance manifold the Spellbinding ways of Nature.
The Devil’s Trumpets were spotted along the Pune -Solapur Highway while enroute to the 1200 year old Bhuleshwar Temple.
The Devil’s Trumpet ( English), Datura ( Hindi), Datura inoxia (Scientific Name) while similar to The Angel’s Trumpet in may ways has however some key differentiating aspects.
A key aspect which can be clearly spotted from a distance is that the flowers of The Devils Trumpet all face upwards whereas the flowers of The Angels Trumpet hang down like Bells.
Unattended the Trumpets grow wild and the leaves gather dust.
The fruits or Spiny Orbs were discretely hidden under the leaves and had to make my way through dense undergrowth to photograph them. During the Monsoons most plants grow rapidly due to the Rains and High humidity.
The Ancient Bhuleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the god who swallowed Poison. The Datura as the Spiny Orbs are referred to are the source of many Intoxicants and often placed in Shiva temples as reverence to the Lord.
Also called Indian Apple and Prickly Burr on account of these Spiny Capsules.
Just as Good and Evil coexist on Earth so do THE DEVILS & THE ANGELS TRUMPETS.