I enjoy photographing the large, spectacular yellow and orange flowers of BRUGMANSIA (or Angel's Trumpet) in the botanical gardens.   Brugmansia is a fast growing ornamental woody tree native to South America from Venzuela to northern Chile. There are seven species of brugmansia in the Solanaceae family and all are listed as "Extinct in the Wild."  


All parts of brugmansia can be poisonous.  Ingestion of its seeds, leaves or flowers can result in severe, violent, uncontrollable hallucinations and death.  Some municipalities prohibit the purchase, sale or cultivation of brugmansia plants. 


Interesting Notes:  
A 2006 article in the European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience (A. Marneros; P Gutmann & F Uhlmann) described a case where a young man amputated his own penis and tongue after drinking one cup of brugmansia tea. 


              

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