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Camp Verde area - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Nicotiana obtusifolia - desert tobacco

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Solanaceae

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Flower and buds
Camp Verde area
Sue Smith
Camp Verde area
Sue Smith
Leaf attachment
Camp Verde area
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Camp Verde area
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual or perennial
General Desc: A small, bushy plant with white tubular flowers loosely clustered at the top of the leafy stems. The foliage contains the poisonous alkaloid nicotine; it was dried and smoked by early settlers and American Indians.
Height: To 32 inches


Habitat Description: Along washes, rocky slopes and creosote bushes.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub,
Elevation: Below 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Greenish-white     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - Nov
Description: The tubular white flowers are 1/2 to 1 inch long with 5 blunted spreading lobes. They are in a loosely branched cluster at the top of the stems.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The oval leaves and stems are 3/4 to 4 inches long and are both hairy and sticky.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green to brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: The oblong pod is 1/3 to 1/2 inch long and contains many tiny brown seeds.

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