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Sacred Datura

© David Deen 2006 Medium: pencil Size: 5" x 5"

Artist Comments: I had the immense pleasure of going on a two week rafting trip down the Grand Canyon in the summer of 2006. I took a small sketching journal with me and drew sights around me each day. This is one of the drawings from that journal.

Sacred Datura is a fascinating plant that is fairly common at some points in the canyon. The large flower opens only in the dark, mainly for the benefit of moths, then wilts in the early morning. As the notes indicate, it is a member of the nightshade family, so it is perhaps no surprise that just about every part of it contains a toxic hallucinogen. A guide told us a story of one man journeying down the river who made tea from the plant and was not right for the remainder of the trip. Apparently he was lucky, as the toxin can be quite deadly.


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