Brugmansia candida

  • Brugmansia candida
  • Brugmansia candida
  • In cultivation, Riversdale. May 2006.
  • Brugmansia candida

Species

Brugmansia candida

Etymology

Brugmansia: Named after Sebald Justin Brugmans (24 March 1763 – 22 July 1819) who was an early 18th century professor of natural history at the University of Leydon. He was also a military physician and instrumental in establishing emergency hospital facilities and improvement of hospital and barrack conditions.
candida: white

Common Name(s)

angels trumpet

Family

Solanaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

Habitat

A frost-tender plant mainly found in lowland areas towards the coast (Landcare Research 1999).

Features

Soft-wooded shrub, 3m high. Leaves 8-20 x 3-25 cm, plant is covered in very fine hairs. White, pendant, trumpet-like flowers 20-30 cm long. Fruit is occasionally produced.

Similar Taxa

Brugmansia species are often confused with Datura species (due to the common name) however, Brugmansia species are soft-wooded shrubs or small trees, while Datura species are herbaceous. B. candida is very similar to B. suaveolens but can be separated by the persistently hairy leaves. B. sanguinea is also similar but has yellow flowers which are often tinged red.

Main Flower Colour

White

Year Naturalised

1958

Origin

Probably Peru and Columbia

Life Cycle Comments
Believed to be mostly spread by cuttings so seed set is rare.

Reproduction
Mostly vegetative, some seed.

Seed
rare

Dispersal
People, birds.

Poisonous plant:
All parts of this plant are poisonous.

This page last updated on 5 Dec 2010

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