under the angel’s trumpet

this is romina. she is a painter and artist who threw a party in her backyard in long beach around christmas of 2014.

she is grasping a stem from the brugmansia plant … the angel’s trumpet.


like romina, the angels trumpet comes from south america.  it is known for its use as a psychedelic and medicinal herb.


it is classified as a deliriant.


all parts of the plant are considered poisonous…


the leaves and seeds are extremely potent and the flower can be made into a tea.


shamans have blended it with tobacco or marijuana to balance the effects.  potency is highly unpredictable which makes dosing difficult.


the chibchas of pre-conquest bogota gave a fermented maize drink with brugmansia to the wives and slaves of dead warriors and nobleman in order to induce a state of stupor in them before they were buried alive to accompany their husbands and masters on the long trip into the afterlife.

Schultes, R. E. (1980). The Botany and Chemistry of Hallucinogens. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University. p. 270. ISBN 978-0-398-03863-2.

did you know that there are caterpillars known to consume the angel’s trumpet and retain the chemicals which act as a deterrent to make them unpalatable to predators?

Eich, E. (2008). Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae – Secondary Metabolites. Springer. pp. 157–158. ISBN 978-3-540-74540-2.


did you know that an 18 year old drank a tea made from the flowers and 4 hours later amputated his own tongue and penis with garden shears?

Marneros, A.; Gutmann, P.; Uhlmann, F. (2006). “Self-amputation of penis and tongue after use of Angel’s Trumpet” (PDF). European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 256 (7): 458–459. doi:10.1007/s00406-006-0666-2. PMID 16783491.


growing up… romina said that children were told to avoid playing under the bush… because that’s where the little devil spirits lived.



all photographs taken with a lomography fisheye lens camera with flash on kodak gold 200 film.

all film developed and scanned by dwaynes photo.