7434.000 Nicotiana L. - Tobaccos

Description of the genus

Unarmed herbs, shrubs or small trees. Inflorescence a terminal panicle-like cyme. Calyx 5-lobed, much shorter than the corolla tube, usually somewhat accrescent in fruit. Corolla white, yellow, pink, red or purplish; tubular with a short limb. Stamens 5; anthers included (in ours), dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Fruit a capsule with a large number of minute seeds; capsule enclosed by a persistent papery calyx.

Derivation of name: after Jean Nicot, who introduced tobacco to France in the late 16th century.

Worldwide: 67 species in America (mainly Andean S America and Mexico), S Pacific islands, Australia and one in Namibia.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

Nicotiana tabacum

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SpeciesContent
glauca GrahamDescription, Image
rustica L.Description
tabacum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Nicotiana:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Nicotiana
Flora of Malawi: Nicotiana
Flora of Mozambique: Nicotiana
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Nicotiana
Flora of Zambia: Nicotiana
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Nicotiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nicotiana

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Nicotiana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Nicotiana
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Nicotiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Nicotiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Nicotiana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Nicotiana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1254, retrieved 28 June 2016

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