Nicotiana glauca R. Graham

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'Nicotiana glauca' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/nicotiana/nicotiana-glauca/). Accessed 2019-12-11.

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    corolla
    The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
    inflorescence
    Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
    alternate
    Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
    calyx
    (pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
    entire
    With an unbroken margin.
    glabrous
    Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
    glaucous
    Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
    lax
    Loose or open.
    ovate
    Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
    panicle
    A much-branched inflorescence. paniculate Having the form of a panicle.

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    Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

    Recommended citation
    'Nicotiana glauca' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/nicotiana/nicotiana-glauca/). Accessed 2019-12-11.

    A semi-evergreen or deciduous shrub of erect, thin habit, 10 ft and upwards high in this country; branches slender, at first only semi-woody; perfectly glabrous. Leaves alternate, variable in shape, usually ovate and tapered towards both ends, sometimes heart-shaped at the base, pointed, quite entire, 112 to 4 in. long, 1 to 3 in. wide, sometimes much larger, glaucous and perfectly glabrous on both surfaces; stalk slender and about as long as the blade. Inflorescence a lax terminal panicle bearing numerous flowers. Corolla bright yellow, tubular, 112 in. long, 16 in. wide, five-lobed at the mouth where it is 38 in. wide, downy outside, glabrous within; calyx green, tubular, 12 in. long, with five pointed triangular teeth, glabrous; stamens five, 1 in. long. Bot. Mag., t. 2837.

    Native of the Argentine, Brazil, and other parts of S. America; introduced in 1827. Although an ally of the common tobacco plant this is very different in general appearance, being an almost tree-like shrub of lax growth. It flowers from June onwards and is quite ornamental, the yellow flowers contrasting well with the vividly glaucous foliage. It was cultivated for several years in a sheltered sunny nook at Kew, but was not genuinely hardy there, being killed in hard winters. Even so, it is well worth cultivating, especially in the warmer counties.

    In the warmer parts of the world it frequently escapes from cultivation and has even become naturalised.


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