by Delisa Harvey
This shrub or small tree (usually 6-15 ft.) comes from Southeast Brasil, bearing smooth-textured or minutely hairy leaves. The leaf shape is ovate to narrowly elliptic with smooth edges. The corolla, generally white is funnel-shaped and constricted at the point of emergence from the calyx so as to leave a space between calyx and corolla. Corolla tips are very short being less than 1 inch long and flaring, but with no recurved edge. B. suaveolens flowers continuously (free flowering) with the heaviest flowering periods occurring every 2-4 weeks. Suaveolens flowers in a pendulous to horizontal position and is highly fragrant. The anthers are completely fused together and are the only species in this group to show this feature. Originally living at forest edges or next to rivers, suaveolens tolerates soggy soils better than other Brugmansia species. The fruit is elongated and slightly flat in shape like a chili pepper and measures 4-8+ inches long. Tan to light brown in color, the seed is the smallest of the Brugmansia species.
Preissel, Ulrike, & Preissel, Hans-Georg (2002). Brugmansia and Datura, Angel Trumpets and Thorn Apples. Buffalo: Firefly Books.