Nicotiana glauca Graham

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Nicotiana glauca

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11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

Nicotiana glauca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridge crossing along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Nicotiana glauca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridge crossing along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

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Common names: Tree tobacco (English) Wild tobacco (English)
Description: Hairless, ± succulent, short-lived shrub or small tree, to 6 m. Young growth blue-green, sometimes with a waxy bloom. Leaves broadly lanceolate to elliptic or spathulate, thickly-textured, glaucous or green; petiole not winged. Flowers erect or pendent, in loose panicle-like inflorescences. Corolla 3-4 cm long, green, becoming yellow or orange, tube narrow, with a slight swelling near the apex and constricted slightly above and below the swelling. Fruit oblong-ellipsoid, 8-12 mm long, hairless, splitting above into 4 valves.
Notes: Introduced as a garden ornamental and widely naturalised.
Derivation of specific name: glauca: glaucous, bluish-green
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Argentina and possibly Bolivia, now extending to S and C America and widely distributed as a weed in warm and warm-temperate regions of both hemispheres
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. Page 185. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 79.

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 243.

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Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 50 - 51. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 222 - 223. (Includes a picture).

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Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 85. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Nicotiana glauca
Flora of Mozambique: Nicotiana glauca
Flora of Zambia: Nicotiana glauca
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nicotiana glauca

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Nicotiana glauca
African Plant Database: Nicotiana glauca
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Nicotiana glauca
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Nicotiana glauca
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Nicotiana glauca
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Nicotiana glauca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Nicotiana glauca
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Nicotiana glauca
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Nicotiana glauca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Nicotiana glauca
Ispot Southern Africa: Nicotiana glauca
JSTOR Plant Science: Nicotiana glauca
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Nicotiana glauca
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Nicotiana glauca
The Plant List (version 1.1): Nicotiana glauca
Tropicos: Nicotiana glauca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Nicotiana glauca., retrieved 28 July 2017

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