Angel;s trumpet flowers in the Himalayas

Climbing a mountain in the Himalayas is exciting as new trees and plants line the winding roads. One such shrub we encountered and stopped to gaze at had pendulous white flowers hanging from it. It is not the poisonous Datura, but a close cousin.

DSC05772 DSC05770 DSC05768  Alkaloids of great use such as scopolamine, hyoscyamine, and atropine, found in angels trumpet of the Brugmansia species are used medically for their  spasmolytic, anti-asthmatic, anticholinergic, narcotic and anesthetic properties. They are grown as ornamental plants, most of the species have fragrant flowers.

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