Thorn apple picking

Thorn apple picking

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Credit: JERRY MASON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Picking thorn apples. Man picking thorn apple (Datura stramonium) seed pods for use in herbal medicine. Thorn apple is closely related to deadly nightshade, and contains many of the same chemicals. Preparations can be used as analgesics (painkillers), antispasmodics and narcotics. The leaves can be smoked to relieve asthma attacks. Overdoses can be fatal. Photographed in the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, England.

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Keywords: analgesic, antispasmodic, asthma, botany, chelsea physic garden, collecting, datura stramonium, england, english, harvesting, herbal medicine, herbalist, london, man, medicinal plants, narcotic, nature, painkiller, picking, plant, plants, seed pods, thorn apple

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