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Brugmansia suaveolens

by Delisa Harvey

This shrub or small tree (6-15 ft.) comes from southeast Brazil. Bearing smooth-textured or minutely hairy leaves the leaf shape is ovate to narrowly elliptic with smooth edges.  The corolla, generally white is funnel-shaped and constricted at the point of emergence from the calyx so as to leave a space.  Corolla tips are very short being less than 1 inch long and flaring, but with no recurve. B. suaveolens flowers continuously with the heaviest flowering periods occurring every 2-4 weeks. Suaveolens flowers in a pendulous to horizontal position and is highly fragrant.     The anthers are totally glued together and are the only species in this group to have this feature.  Originally living at forest edges or next to rivers suaveolens tolerates soggy soils better than other Brugmansia species.   This Brugmansia loves high temperatures and humidity and flowers continuously with the heaviest flowering periods occurring every 2-4 weeks. The fruit is elongated in shape and measures 4-8 and one half inches long having the smallest seed of the group and are light in color.


Preissel, Ulrike, & Preissel, Hans-Georg (2002). Brugmansia and Datura, Angel Trumpets and Thorn Apples. Buffalo: Firefly Books.



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