Datura wrightii

Family (Traditional)Solanaceae
Species:Datura wrightii Regel
Common NameSacred Thorn Apple; Indian Apple
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Armaments: Yes; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Annual; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Rank: spiral; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 5
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; AGCP (UPL), EMP (FACU) (NWPL); G5 (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Datura innoxia var. quinquecuspidata Datura innoxia var. quinquecuspidata (Torr.) A.S. Barclay
Datura inoxia subsp. quinquecuspida Datura inoxia subsp. quinquecuspida (Torr.) Barcl.
Datura metel var. quinquecuspida Datura metel var. quinquecuspida Torr.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Shelby (TN), Williamson (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1852 - 2002

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
APSC0001776 Williamson Tennessee 30 Sep 2002 D Estes
Datura wrightii
N/A Shelby Tennessee 10 Oct 1852 A. Fendler?
Datura wrightii
N/A Shelby Tennessee 16 Oct 1852 A. Fendler
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Datura wrightii - Milo Pyne
Datura wrightii - Milo Pyne
Datura wrightii - Milo Pyne
Datura wrightii - Milo Pyne