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Datura belongs to the flowering family Solanaceae. They are sometimes also known as devil's trumpets.

This plant has a very unpleasant taste, but most poisoning from this plant is the result of the consumption of a tea made from its seeds either for alleged medicinal benefits or hallucinogenic effects.

Symptoms of poisoning have been reported as confusion, delirium, and hallucinations, with drowsiness, sleep, or coma typically following. Pupil dilation is also a common effect. Extreme symptoms reported include agitation and convulsions requiring the use of restraints or sedatives. In rarer cases, death has been the outcome of Datura poisoning.