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Brugmansia spp.

Angel’s trumpet

About the plant

Brugmansia is native to South America, along the Andes from Venezuela to northern Chile, and also in south-eastern Brazil. But all seven species of the genus are extinct in the wild.

  • Extinct in the wild

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Cultural use
    Plant has cultural uses, these might be every day or ceremonial
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Poison
    Plant is poisonous to humans
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Facts

  • Pollinated by bats and moths
  • Strong fragrance most noticeable in the evening
  • Striking hanging blooms
  • Popular ornamental plants
  • Exist in the wild as an introduced species
  • Ceremonial uses

Medicinal uses

All parts of Brugmansia are toxic, so they have mostly been used as part of an ointment or applying the leaves directly to the skin.

Traditionally used in the treatment of aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, headaches, infections, and as an anti-inflammatory.


IUCN Red List

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species cites all species of the genus as Extinct in the Wild.

There are no herbarium collections of any species of this genus made from confirmed wild plants; and no botanist specialising in this genus has ever reported seeing wild plants of any species.

  • Extinct in the wild

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Cultural use
    Plant has cultural uses, these might be every day or ceremonial
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Poison
    Plant is poisonous to humans
  • Click on icon to reveal more