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Tree tobacco (English)
Wild tobacco (English)
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
Habitat: Along watercourses and in disturbed places
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1500 m
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.
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 13 November 2009
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). Comments
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Other sources of information about Nicotiana glauca: Our websites: Flora of Botswana
Nicotiana glauca Flora of Mozambique
Nicotiana glauca Flora of Zambia
Nicotiana glauca Flora of Zimbabwe
cultivated Nicotiana glauca External websites: 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
Nicotiana glauca Google
(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 Tropicos
Nicotiana glauca West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Nicotiana glauca.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150850, retrieved 11 February 2016
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