Historical evidence for a pre-Columbian presence of Datura in the Old World and implications for a first millennium transfer from the New World

@article{Geeta2007HistoricalEF,
  title={Historical evidence for a pre-Columbian presence of Datura in the Old World and implications for a first millennium transfer from the New World},
  author={Rai Geeta and Waleed Gharaibeh},
  journal={Journal of Biosciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={32},
  pages={1227-1244}
}
Datura (Solanaceae) is a small genus of plants that, for long, was thought to occur naturally in both the New and Old Worlds. However, recent studies indicate that all species in the genus originated in the Americas. This finding has prompted the conclusion that no species of Datura could have been present in the Old World prior to its introduction there by Europeans in the early 16th century CE. Further, the textual evidence traditionally cited in support of a pre-Columbian Old World presence… CONTINUE READING