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Somewhat bushy annual or short-lived perennial, to 1 m. Leaves broadly ovate to elliptic, sometimes elliptic-lanceolate or subcircular, 2.5-12.5 cm or more in length, ± fleshy, hairy and sticky; petiole not winged. Flowers often many, in branched, panicle-like terminal inflorescences. Corolla 1.2-2 cm long, greenish to yellow, tube broadly widening and urceolate above. Fruit more or less erect, ± spherical to ellipsoid-ovoid, 7-11 mm long, hairless, splitting above into 4 valves.
Derivation of specific name:
rustica: of wild places
Habitat: River beds, formerly cultivated areas and waste places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1000 m
Worldwide distribution: Native to S America but now widely distributed in warm parts of both hemispheres.
Red data list status:
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Other sources of information about Nicotiana rustica: Our websites: Flora of Zimbabwe
cultivated Nicotiana rustica Flora of Mozambique
Nicotiana rustica Flora of Zambia
Nicotiana rustica External websites: African Plant Database
Nicotiana rustica Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Nicotiana rustica EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Nicotiana rustica ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Nicotiana rustica Flora Zambesiaca
Nicotiana rustica Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Nicotiana rustica IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Nicotiana rustica Ispot Southern Africa
Nicotiana rustica JSTOR Plant Science
Nicotiana rustica Kew Herbarium catalogue
Nicotiana rustica Tropicos
Nicotiana rustica West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Nicotiana rustica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150860, retrieved 1 November 2014
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