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Nicotiana obtusifolia M. Martens & Galeotti
Desert tobacco, Little tobacco, Tabaquillo, Punche
USDA Symbol: NIOB
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Sticky-glandular stems and leaves, with trumpet-shaped, white flowers in a loosely branched cluster at the top.
The Spanish name, pronounced tah-bah-kee-oh, means little tobacco. Also once called Punche (a punch) by Spanish Americans, who carefully tended it for tobacco and medicinal use, it is still smoked by native peoples in traditional ceremonies. Coyote Tobacco (N. attenuata), from British Columbia to Baja California, east to New Mexico, Colorado, and northern Idaho, has fewer glands, short triangular calyx lobes, and dingy white, trumpet-shaped corollas 1-1 1/2 inches (2.5-3.8 cm) long. Grows in full sun in dry habitats.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Nov , Dec
, UT Native Distribution:
Southeastern California and southern Nevada to western Texas and northwestern New Mexico. Native Habitat:
Sandy areas and washes.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
BenefitWarning: Poisonous if eaten. Contains nicotine.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2014-03-25
Research By: TWC Staff