Large Thorn Apple
(Datura ferox)

Large Thorn Apple';

The Large Thorn Apple is an erect annual growing up to 1,5 metres. It has sparsely hairy to smooth, pale green stems. The large leaves have a jagged profile and are dark green above and paler below and are sparsely hairy with an unpleasant odour. From March to October, solitary white, funnel-shaped flowers appear, followed by a brown, hardened, spiny fruit.

Other names
Long-spined Thorn-apple, White Stinkweed (English)
Grootstinkblaar (Afrikaans)
Invasive status
NEMBA Category 1b
CARA 2002 Category 1
Originally from
Tropical America
Where is it a problem?
Found in scattered localities throughout South Africa
How does it spread?
Seed dispersal
Why is it a problem?
It competes with indigenous pioneer species and the seeds are toxic

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