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Nicotiana glauca

Higher Taxonomy
Family: SolanaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual to shrub. Leaf: generally simple, generally alternate, generally petioled; stipules 0; blade entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence: various. Flower: bisexual; calyx lobes generally 5; corolla +- radial, cylindric to rotate, lobes generally 5; stamens 5, on corolla tube, alternate lobes; ovary superior, generally 2-chambered, style 1. Fruit: berry, loculicidal or septicidal capsule, [(drupe)], 2--5-chambered.
Genera In Family: 75 genera, 3000 species: worldwide, especially +- tropics; many alien weeds in California; many cultivated for food, drugs, or ornamental (potato, tomato, peppers, tobacco, petunia). Toxicity: many TOXIC. Note: Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn. is a waif.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: NicotianaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: TOBACCO
Habit: Annual to small tree. Leaf: +- basal or not; margin entire, +- wavy or not. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle, terminal; lower bracts leaf-like. Flower: calyx 5-lobed, +- enlarging, not fully enclosing fruit; corolla generally radial, generally funnel-shaped to salverform; stamens 5, equal or 1 smaller. Fruit: septicidal capsule. Seed: many, minute, angled.
Species In Genus: +- 60 species: generally America; Nicotiana tabacum L. widely cultivated, tobacco of commerce. Etymology: (J. Nicot, said to have introduced tobacco to Eur, 1530--1600) Toxicity: Seriously TOXIC to livestock.
Unabridged Reference: Goodspeed 1954 Chron Bot 16:1--536
Nicotiana glauca Graham
Habit: Shrub, small tree, glabrous, glaucous; wood soft. Leaf: 5--21 cm, petioled, generally +- ovate. Inflorescence: bracts < 5 mm, linear. Flower: calyx +- 10 mm, lobes < tube, +- unequal, triangular; corolla 30--35 mm, +- cylindric, yellow; stamens +- equal, attached below tube middle. Fruit: 7--15 mm.
Ecology: Open, disturbed flats or slopes; Elevation: < 1100 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoRI, c&s SNF, GV, CW, SW, D; Distribution Outside California: to southern United States, Mexico; Africa, Mediterranean; native to South America. Flowering Time: Apr--Aug
Jepson eFlora Author: Michael H. Nee
Unabridged Reference: Goodspeed 1954 Chron Bot 16:1--536
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Citation for this treatment: Michael H. Nee 2012, Nicotiana glauca, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 16, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 16, 2018.

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Geographic subdivisions for Nicotiana glauca:
NCoRI, c&s SNF, GV, CW, SW, D;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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