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White Brugmansia suaveolens flowers hanging from a brach
brugmansia suaveolens
Brugmansia suaveolens

Originating from the coastal rainforests of southeast Brazil, this species, commonly known as Brazil's White Angel Trumpet, grew below 1,000 meters along river banks and forest edges, thriving in warm temperatures, high humidity, and substantial rainfall​​. Now cultivated globally, especially in Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, this flowering shrub or small tree, which can reach up to 11 meters in its natural habitat, blooms large, pendulous, white trumpet-shaped flowers. The plant is now thought to be extinct in the wild in its native region. Traditionally, it has been utilized for the treatment of arthritis, sores, pain, inflammation, ulcers, abscesses, dermatitis, wounds, dysmenorrhea, fungal skin infections, and as a vaginal antiseptic.  Every part of it, especially the seeds and leaves, contains significant amounts of tropane alkaloids such as hyoscine (scopolamine), hyoscyamine, and atropine, making it highly toxic and potentially causing paralysis if ingested. Emits a strong fragrance in the evenings. Photographed in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Floridablanca, Colombia.

Single white brugmansia suaveolens flower
One white Brugmansia suaveolens flower

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