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Common name:Wild tobacco
Scientific name:Nicotiana glauca (Solanaceae)
Alternative common names:
Coneton; Mexican tobacco; mustard tree; tree tobacco (English); Jan-tak; tabakboom; wildetabak; volstruisgifboom (Afrikaans), mohlafotha (Sesotho), tabaka bume (Setswana)
An evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6m high with blue-green, leathery leaves, sometimes with purplish tints. Yellow, tubular flowers appear in terminal, drooping clusters all year. Brown, four-valved fruit capsules contain tiny seeds. This plant is poisonous.
Where does this species come from?South America
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?All provinces of South Africa
How does it spread?Seed dispersal.
Why is it a problem?Competes with pioneering indigenous species. Can form dense and extensive stands along watercourses after flooding; this is of particular concern in conservation areas such as the Kruger National Park. Unpalatable and poisonous to domestic and wild animals.
What does it look like?General description: Evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6m high. Leaves: Blue-green, leathery leaves sometimes with purplish tints and smooth margins. Flowers: Yellow, tubular flowers in terminal, drooping clusters appear throughout the year. Fruit/seeds: Brown, four-valved fruit capsules with tiny seeds
Does the plant have any uses?Garden ornament.
Plant me instead alternatives
N. james brittennia, N. grandiflora