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Habit (Port Hedland, WA). Image reproduced with permission from Japan Tobacco Inc. from The genus Nicotiana illustrated (1994).

Pot grown plant. Image reproduced with permission from Japan Tobacco Inc. from The genus Nicotiana illustrated (1994).

Foliage of pot grown plant. Image reproduced with permission from Japan Tobacco Inc. from The genus Nicotiana illustrated (1994).

Image reproduced with permission from Japan Tobacco Inc. from The genus Nicotiana illustrated (1994).

Image reproduced with permission from Japan Tobacco Inc. from The genus Nicotiana illustrated (1994).

Line drawings by B. Osborn (compiled from plates in volume 29, Flora of Australia ) showing leaf attachment, corolla lobe shape and anther position in corolla tube.

Seed (NT Burbidge 5910A, AD). Photo Bob Baldock.

Distribution map generated from Australia's Virtual Herbarium, May 2006.

Synonymy

Nicotiana umbratica N. Burb., Austral. J. Bot. 8: 352; fig. 6; t. 11, fig. 1 (1960) 

T: Woodstock Stn, Pilbara District, W.A., received May 1958, E.H.M. Ealey E.161; holo: CANB; iso: K n.v., photo ADW.

Description

Herb to c. 70 cm, variably pubescent with glandular hairs.  

Leaves mostly cauline, broadly cordate to triangular, the upper ones narrowly ovate, occasionally linear; lamina up to 12 cm long, 10 cm wide; petiole to 11 cm long, very narrowly winged, not stem-clasping.  

Inflorescence panicle-like, few-branched. Calyx 6–15 mm long. Corolla-tube 40–65 mm long (occasionally shorter), 1–2.5 mm wide at top of calyx; limb 20–35 mm diam., the lobes usually acute. Upper 4 anthers borne at slightly different levels, their filaments 1.5–2.5 mm long; 5th filament 2–7 mm long, inserted in upper half of corolla-tube.  

Capsule ovoid-ellipsoid, 6–10 mm long. Seeds reniform; testa irregularly honeycombed or wrinkled. n=23.

Distribution and ecology

Restricted to western part of Pilbara District of W.A.

Typically grows in shelter of large boulders on rocky outcrops.

Notes

Similar in appearance to N. cavicola, but distinguishable from it by its subterete, rather than broadly-winged, petioles.

A valuable summary of the cultural use of Nicotiana species in Australia is provided in D.E.Symon (2005). Native tobaccos (Solanaceae: Nicotiana spp.) in Australia and their use by Aboriginal peoples. The Beagle 21: 1-10.

Selected specimens

W.A.: Eginbah Stn, N.T. Burbidge 1048 (PERTH); Woodstock Stn, N.T. Burbidge 5820 (AD, CANB, MEL, PERTH).

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Web links

Further information for this species in WA can be found on the FloraBase site.