White Thorn-apple

The scientific name of White Thorn-apple: Datura stramonium Linn.

Name of White Thorn-apple in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Dhattura, Dusthara, Unmatta

English: White Thorn-apple

Hindi: Datura

Malayalam: Vellayummam- വെള്ളയുമ്മം.

Plant description:

White Thornapple is medium annual shrub erect grow up to 2m tall; which has an unpleasant smell; commonly found in wasteland areas, roadsides, abandoned places etc., stems are slender branched, green in color. The leaves are smooth, pale yellow-green, are approximately 8 to 20 cm long, smooth, toothed and irregular in shape, The flowers are white, like a trumpet; Fruits are covered with thorns and contain many seeds inside.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Deltoid Margin-Spiny Venation-parallel

Useful plant parts: 

Flower, leaf, whole plant

Chemical contents:

Anti-asthmatic agent – atropine

Medicinal uses:

The leaves of this plant are used in the treatment of swelling due to the bite of poisonous insects.
To treat asthma, the leaves are generally smoked either in a cigarette or a pipe.

One of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicine:

Dhoordhorpathradi Velichenna

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