Nicotiana velutina H.-M. Wheeler, Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot. 18(4): 55 (1935)
T: Broken Hill, N.S.W., 4 Oct., 1920, A. Morris s.n.; holo: NSW.
N. suaveolens var. parviflora Benth., Fl. Austral. 4: 470 (1868), p.p., fide T.H. Goodspeed, Chron. Bot. 16: 465 (1954).
Herb to 1.5 m, variably pubescent with glandular and non-glandular hairs.
Leaves radical and cauline or mostly radical, usually elliptic, petiolate, the upper ones lanceolate or linear and often sessile; lamina up to 28 cm long; petiole to 15 cm long, usually narrowly winged, the base occasionally stem-clasping.
Inflorescence panicle-like, usually few-branched. Calyx 5–17 mm long. Corolla-tube 11–35 mm long, 1–5 mm wide at top of calyx, distinctly narrowed at base; limb 7–30 mm diam., the lobes obtuse or notched. Upper 4 anthers at about the same level, their filaments to 3.5 mm long; filament of the 5th stamen 5–10 mm long, inserted in lower half of corolla-tube.
Capsule ellipsoid to ovoid-ellipsoid, 5–11 mm long. Seeds mostly C-shaped; testa usually wrinkled. n=16.
Distribution and ecology
Widespread in southern N.T., S.A., south-western and south-central Qld, central and western N.S.W. and north-western Vic.
An extremely common species which grows in sandy soil, often in disturbed areas, frequently on sand dunes and sand banks left by floods along inland rivers.
May hybridise with N. suaveolens Lehm. and N. megalosiphon Van Heurck & Muell.
Reference: Pandey, K. K. (1969) Elements of the S-gene complex V. Interspecific cross-compatibility relationships and theory of the evolution of the S complex. Genetica 40, 447-474.
Thought to be poisonous to stock.
N.T.: 48 km SSW of Napperby Stn, M. Lazarides 6087 (AD, CANB, MEL, NT, PERTH). S.A.: 30 km NE of Leigh Creek, R. Schodde 981 (AD, CANB). Qld.: Poeppel Corner, D.E. Boyland 276 (BRI, CANB). N.S.W.: 12 km N of Milparinka, J. Pickard 3139 (NSW). Vic.: Wyperfeld National Park, 10 Sept. 1950, J.H. Willis (MEL).
Further information for this species in WA can be found on the FloraBase site.