Nicotiana amplexicaulis (Solanaceae)

Nicotiana amplexicaulis

It took me a while to realise what this was but after staring at my photo for I while I realized that this was a species of wild tobacco.

True to its name, the leaves are amplexicaul, meaning that the base of the leaf embraces the stem.

Various species of Nicotiana (those not used for smoking) have been found to have medicinal properties, and the original peoples of Australia in Central Australia chew on Pituri, which may consist of various species of native tobacco.

Would be interesting to know if the natives of the region did the same.





About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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2 Responses to Nicotiana amplexicaulis (Solanaceae)

  1. Nelda B. Ikenberry says:

    David, this is Nelda B. Ikenberry checking in, still working on my story of Mary Knapp Strong Clemens, plant collector, with 25 years collecting in Queensland until she died there in 1968. I wish we had met her, she is my husband’s great aunt, a tiny little woman, who climbed and lived on New Guinea Mt. Sarawak, where E. O Wilson thought he was the first white man to climb up there. Actually she was up there as a widow for many years of starvation and cold, with little boy-lets caring for her and assisting in her collecting, until she was forced to evacuate to work with C. T.White at the herbarium in Brisbane, beginning 1951. We are finishing the book very soon, and it is being published by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. We enjoyed following in her footsteps in 1970, learning about the way rainforests gave way to dairy’s as she hurried to collect before it was too late.
    I enjoy your notes, especially this last one on the nicotiana. Keep up the good work.
    Nelda B. Ikenberry

    • David Tng says:

      Thanks very much for your kind encouraging words Nelda! I llok forward to your book when it comes out. Definitely let me know and maybe send me a short synopsis.

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