Shrub or tree to 5 m tall; twigs stout, green, puberulent with ascending hairs. Leaves ovate or elliptical to 25 cm long, the apex acute, the base rounded or obtuse, mostly dimidiate, puberulent on the lamina above and with scattered short hairs beneath; petioles 3-8 cm long, puberulent. Pedicels to 4 cm long, erect in bud, soon pendulous and becoming more slender during elongation. Flowers very large, calyx sparingly fine puberulent outside, inflated in bud, becoming + narrowly tubular and 10-12 cm long by anthesis, the apex mostly once cleft, spathaceous, the cleavage extending ca. 1/3 the way down the calyx; corolla white, sometimes with a greenish cast, 25-30 cm long, pendant, tubiform and flaring widely at the limb, the tube mostly filling the calyx tube, the limb sinuate lobed, ca. 15 cm across with five lanceolate teeth ca. 30 mm long, puberulent on the ribs outside, glabrous within; filaments inserted slightly below the middle of the corolla (level with the top of the calyx), 37-38 mm long, free, geniculate,
pilose near the point of insertion, glabrous above, elevated and broadened below, anthers 22-23 mm long, narrowly elongate, slightly hastate basally and emarginate apically, at first coherent but ultimately separating, pilose on the sutures; ovary green, narrowly conical, 10-15 mm long, the style slender and broadening slightly above the anther tube, the stigma with 2 distinct but flattened, obtuse lobes ca. 4 mm long, stigmatic on their edges. Fruit (Ruiz & Pavon) a smooth, elliptical, indehiscent capsule, the two locules marked off by shallow, longitudinal de- pressions on the outside and the many seeds shaped like reniform wedges (not known from Panama).
Brugmansia candida is not known outside of cultivation except for spon- taneously rooting plants in districts where it is cultivated. It is widespread in rural areas in tropical America and is cultivated in parts of the Old World. It may be native to Peru.