Nicotiana obtusifolia Mertens & Galeotti
Family: Solanaceae
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[Nicotiana trigonophylla Dunal]
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Wiggins 1964, Kearney and Peebles 1969, Felger 2000
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Erect, simple and branched biennial or perennial 20-90 cm tall, glandular-pubescent throughout. Leaves: Lower leaves petiolate, oblanceolate or spatulate, 1-4 cm wide, 5-15 cm long, tapering gradually to winged petiole; upper leaves lanceolate to oblong-ovate, sessile, auriculate. Flowers: Laxly paniculate-racemose, pedicels 5-10 mm long, calyx campanulate-ovoid, 3-4 mm wide, 7-10 mm long, teeth lance-triangular, 3-5 mm long, about equaling mature capsule; corolla white, tubular, 12-18 mm long, constricted at orifice, limb 8-10 mm broad; flowers year-round. Fruits: 2-valved capsule, seeds dark reddish brown. Ecology: Sandy soil and along washes; below 6,000 ft (1829 m). Distribution: s CA, s NV, s UT, AZ, NM, TX; south to s MEX. Notes: The glandular hairs make this plant sticky to the touch and give it a pungent, bitter scent; the leaf bases clasp stems; it has a beautiful white to cream corolla and the the calyx lobes either don-t or barely surpass the capsule. Ethnobotany: Used for cuts, bruises, earaches, as chew, smoked, used widely as a ceremonial, and for protection. Etymology: Nicotiana is named for Jean Nicot (1530-1600), the French ambassador to Portugal responsible for introducing tobacco to France in 1560, obtusifolia means obtuse or blunt leaved. Synonyms: Nicotiana trigonophylla Editor: SBuckley 2010, FSCoburn 2015
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