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Nicotiana obtusifolia (Desert tobacco)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Nicotiana obtusifolia

Nicotiana obtusifolia M. Martens & Galeotti

Desert tobacco, Little tobacco, Tabaquillo, Punche

Solanaceae (Potato Family)

Synonym(s):

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.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Perennial , Biennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Nov , Dec

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , MD , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Southeastern California and southern Nevada to western Texas and northwestern New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sandy areas and washes.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes

Benefit

Warning: Poisonous if eaten. Contains nicotine.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Nicotiana obtusifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nicotiana obtusifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nicotiana obtusifolia

Metadata

Record Modified: 2014-03-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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