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Identify plant please.

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Hello all! Can someone identify this vegetable plant? At least, I think it's a vegetable. I thought it was a green bell pepper but I can't find a match when looking. A family member thought it was a wild cucumber, but that doesn't exactly match either. It has large white flowers and spiked green produce. Thank you for the help.


Posted by: Kim T (1 point) Kim T
Posted: September 18, 2017

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Hi Kim, it looks like Datura stramonium belong to the Solanaceae family commonly called as jimsonweed or Devil's snare or locoweed, prickly burr, devil’s cucumber etc.

"Datura has been used in traditional medicine to relieve asthma symptoms and as an analgesic during surgery or bonesetting. It is also a powerful hallucinogen and deliriant, which is used entheogenically for the intense visions it produces. However, the tropane alkaloids responsible for both the medicinal and hallucinogenic properties are fatally toxic in only slightly higher amounts than the medicinal dosage, and careless use often results in hospitalizations and deaths."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datura_...


Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (134 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: September 18, 2017

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Kim T commented,
Thank you so much. I'm so confused though. I'm going to have to do some research. I don't understand how it popped up. It's just one. Now I have so many questions. It looks just like it.
3 months ago.



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