Tex-Mex Tobacco
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Tex-Mex Tobacco
aturalized Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: Tex-Mex Tobacco • Hindi: बन तमाख़ू Ban tamaku, जंगली तंबाकू Jangli Tambakoo
Botanical name: Nicotiana plumbaginifolia    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)

Tex-Mex Tobacco is an annual herb, 1-3 ft tall, stems slender. Basal leaves are obovate or inverted-lanceshaped, 15-23 cm long; the lower ones rotund-ovate, stalkless, the margin wavy, pointed, usually twisted, the base clasping the stem. Upper stem leaves reduced, lancelike to linear-lanceshaped, margin strongly wavy. Inflorescence is a false raceme with a 3-7 mm long stalk. Sepals are unequal, 4-8 mm long, linear. Flowers have a long narrow flower-tube, abruptly flaring open into petals which are ovate, pointed. The tube is pale green or purplish, long and slender, 3.5-4.5 cm long, 1.5-2 mm wide. Tex-Mex Tobacco is native to the American continent, widely naturalized in India.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Imphal, Manipur & Sundar Nursery, Delhi.

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