Definition of Brugmansia in US English:



  • 1A genus of the family Solanaceae comprising perennial shrubs and trees native to South America but widely cultivated elsewhere for their pendulous trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of white, yellow, orange, or red; (also brugmansia) a plant of this genus (also called angel's trumpet).

  • 2A genus of the family Rafflesiaceae (now called Rhizanthes) comprising stemless, leafless, single-flowered parasitic plants closely related to the plants of the genus Rafflesia but parasitic on different species of lianas of the genus Tetrastigma. Now historical and rare.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From scientific Latin Brugmansia, genus name from the name of Sebald Justinus Brugmans, Dutch botanist + scientific Latin -ia.