Hyoscyamus niger L.
  • "L., L., L., L., and L., Sp. Pl. 1: 179. 1753 [1 May 1753], 1753."
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Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Hyoscyamus niger L. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0001021850. Accessed on: 30 Nov 2021'

General Information

Herbs biennial, to 1 m tall, pubescent throughout with sticky glandular hairs. Roots sometimes stout, fleshy, 2-3 cm in diam. Leaves sessile, sometimes forming a rosette; blade of rosette leaves ovate-lanceolate or oblong, ca. 30 × 10 cm, coarsely dentate or pinnately lobed or parted, apex acute; blade of cauline leaves ovate or deltate-ovate, 4-10 × 2-6 cm, pubescent with sticky hairs, nearly clasping or broadly cuneate at base, lobed or entire. Flowers subsessile or on pedicels 3-5 mm. Calyx tubular-campanulate, 1-1.5 cm; lobes deltate, unequal, acute. Corolla pale yellow, usually with purple veins, campanulate, 2-3 cm. Stamens exserted. Fruiting calyx urceolate, 2-2.5 × 1-1.5 cm; lobes mostly erect, tipped with a sharp tooth. Capsules ovoid-rounded, ca. 1.5 × 1.2 cm. Seeds yellow-brown, discoid, ca. 1 mm in diam. Fl. May-Aug, fr. Jul-Oct.

  • Provided by: [C].Flora Of CHina @ efloras.org
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    "Coarse, strong-scented biennial or annual to 1 m, conspicuously villous, especially the stem; lvs large, sessile, 5–20 × 2–14 cm, rather shallowly pinnatilobate, with unequal, triangular segments; mature cal 2.5 cm, urceolate, reticulate-veiny; cor 2.5–4.5 cm, nearly or quite as wide, prominently purple-reticulate on a pale, often greenish-yellow background, more distinctly purple in the throat; fr 1–1.5 cm, with a strongly thickened lid; 2n=34. Native of Europe, now established as a weed of roadsides and waste places in n. U.S. and s. Can., more especially westward. May–Sept. A source of hyoscyamine and scopolamine."

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    Plants annual or biennial, up to 1.5 m tall, pubescent to hairy. Leaves sessile, 5-12.5 x 2.8-7.5 cm, ovate-oblong, sinuate to pinnately lobed, ± semi-amplexicaul, glandular-pubescent, especially on the nerves and margins. Calyx 14-16 mm long, up to 26 mm in fruit, campanulate to infundibuliform, ± urceolate in fruit, nervose, glandular-pilose; lobes triangular, aristate. Corolla (18-) 20-30 mm long, infundibuliform, pale yellow, with brown-purple nerves; lobes ± obtuse, unequal; tube glandular-pilose to the outside. Stamens subexserted, unequal. Lower part of filament pilose, purplish. Style exceeding the stamens in length, purplish. Pyxidium 11-13 mm long, ± pitcher-shaped; operculum usually of a darker colour. Seeds ± 1.2 mm long, reniform, rugose-tuberculate, brown.

  • Provided by: [D].Flora of Pakistan
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    20–80 cm hoch, einfach oder verzweigt, drüsig und zottig behaart, reichblättrig. Blätter grob buchtig gezähnt bis etwas fiederteilig, am Rand und auf den Rippen kurz behaart. Blüten einzeln in den Blattwinkeln, aufrecht, fast sitzend. Kro

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    6–9. Wegränder, Schuttplätze, in warmen Lagen, kollin-montan(-subalpin). Zerstreut CH, v.a. VS.

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    Distribution Map

    • Native distribution
    Found in
    • Europe Northern Europe Ireland

    Nationally Preferred Names


    Other Local Names

    Bainne cích na n-éanIrishIE
    Giusquiamo nero, DisturboItalianCH
    Flur da santeriRaeto-RomanceCH
    Schwarzes BilsenkrautGermanCH
    Jusquiame noireFrenchCH
    Crann gafainnIrishIE
    Beann mhearIrishIE
    Caoch na gcearcIrishIE
    Deódha gafannIrishIE


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    New York Botanical Garden
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    Flora of Pakistan. Missouri Botanical Garden. Accessed on Jun. 2020.
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