Desert Tobacco

Common Names:
Desert Tobacco
Scientific name:
Nicotiana obtusifolia
Elevation range:
<4,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
8-36 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Perennial
Notes:
TOXIC
Ancestral Usage:
medicinal, ritual or tobacco
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Chihuahuan, Mojave, Sonoran

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Desert Tobacco in the desert

Nicotiana obtusifolia flower has a tubular throat with five cream-colored lobes at its opening. Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2008   

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Desert Tobacco  in the desert

Nicotiana obtusifolia is an annual herb growing to a maximum height of 3 ft. Leaves are roughly oval and dark green at the base, reduced on the stem. Pipes Canyon | May 2010    

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Desert Tobacco in the desert

Nicotiana obtusifolia growing out of a crack on a boulder face. Pipes Canyon | March 2008    

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Desert Tobacco in the desert

Nicotiana obtusifolia has sparse glandular hairs on leaves, stem and calyx. Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2016