Desert Thorn Apple

Common Names:
Desert Thorn Apple
Scientific name:
Datura discolor
Elevation range:
-30 - 3,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Pollinator or food source for:
Notes:
TOXIC
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Desert Thorn Apple in the desert

The calyx of Datura discolor has angled edges or wings, distinguishing it from Datura wrightii. All Datura species are highly toxic. Box Canyon, CA | December 2013  

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Desert Thorn Apple in the desert

Datura discolor is a low-lying annual plant with very large dark green ovate leaves. Flowers are trumpet-shaped and white, usually with some shading of purple in the corolla. Box Canyon, CA | December 2013   

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Desert Thorn Apple in the desert

Datura discolor spiky orbicular fruit. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2013