Spiny seed pod id

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  1. murphy

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    I found this plant in northern New Mexico. I've never seen it before. Any ideas. I have no idea what the leaves look like since I've only seen it in winter.

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    Teasel unless I am mistaken.

    Edit; I think I was wrong it looks more like datura.:eek:
     
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    Doesn't look like any Datura seed pod that I've ever seen.
     
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    I looked at some pics of datura seed pods and they seem to all have many more spines than this. The spines are very sharp. I'll check back later in the year and see what the leaves look like.
     
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    After some more research it could be datura. The way the pod branches off the stem is very similar to some pics I've seen. I read that datura is hallucinogenic, which could be cool. It can also be fatal and induce permanent psychosis, which is not cool.

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    Jimsonweed weed/datura seed pods look different than that around here.
     
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    Can you give us a measurement of the seed pod in length and width. Also do you have any pictures of the bush this came from? That would help in the identification. I live in AZ and we share many of the same types of plants.
     
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    Looks like it could be Thorn Apple, a variety of Datura (aka Jimson Weed, Loco Weed, Sacred Datura). We have a bunch of varieties in northern NM. The pod does not look like it ever split open. Does it have three or four petals? Pictures of the plant, leaves, etc, would also help with identification. Also at what elevation did you find the pod? Around here they are usually found fairly low ( about 5500 feet).
     

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