Nicotiana glauca Graham

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Nicotiana glauca

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11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

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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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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 273.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 106.

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

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African Plant Database: Nicotiana glauca
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Nicotiana glauca
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Nicotiana glauca
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Nicotiana glauca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Nicotiana glauca
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for 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
Tropicos: Nicotiana glauca
West African Plants database: Nicotiana glauca

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: Species information: Nicotiana glauca., retrieved 28 May 2016

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