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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Unknown plant

OK, flora sleuths out there. Here's another unknown plant/weed. It was found in a suburban garden in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. This area experiences frosty days in winter and dry hot summers. Soil is fairly shallow and there is a clay pan near the surface.
This is the information sent with it:
"...grows to about 30cm. in about a month in spring and very quickly puts out conker-like pods that have hundreds of black seeds within. The plant has a very pungent smell.
Found a couple of plants in the garden here at no:60 when we first got here. Carefully lifted them and didn't get any seedlings last year."

So, does anyone recognise this one? You can see a couple of the seeds in the image.


  1. I've really flipped! I went to the bookcase for my NZ plant and tree books - and then, of course, realised that I wasn't in NZ. HELP!!

  2. You have the most interesting plants! That almost looks like a big cocklebur here in the central U.S., but I don't know what it really is.

  3. GB... Sorry, can't help. When we were traveling around on our last holiday, my daughter and I counted up - in something like 72 days, we slept in 52 different beds. I used to have to lie there a few minutes in the dark working out where I was or I'd walk into a wall.

    Beau - NZ is a long thinnish country so we cover quite a few latitiudes. Between 47ºSouth and 34º south, actually. so we have quite a climate range.

  4. That would be Datura

  5. Yes Butterfly! I do believe you are correct. Thank you very much.

    And I think, "Datura stramonium", commonly known in some other parts of the world as Jimson weed. Very, very toxic.