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Wild Tobacco
Solanaceae
Solanum mauritianum


Esselean
Esselean
Flower Petal # 1
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Tree

Solanaceae Family

Solanum Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Woolly Nightshade, Flannel Weed, Bugweed, Kerosene Plant


Location

East Coast Australia

Physical Description
Growing up to 10 m tall. Its large oval leaves are frosty-green in color and covered with felt-like hairs. The flower is purple with a yellow center.


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Solanaceae
Nightshade Family
Solanales
Solanales
Nightshade Order
Euasterids I
Euasterids I
Real Stars Group One
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Wild Tobacco has become a widespread invasive weed in Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawai‘i, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Réunion Island, Mauritius, Madagascar, Australia, India and several southern African countries.
Handling the plants can cause irritation and nausea. The dust from the plant can cause respiratory problems if exposure is prolonged. Because of its ability to affect human health and because of its aggressive and fast growing character it is illegal in some areas of New Zealand to sell, propagate, or distribute any part of the plant.
Wild Tobacco is not a Tobacco substitute all parts of the plant are poisonous to humans, especially the berries. Human fatalities have occurred from the consumption of the berries





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Unknown Solanaceae




Unknown Solanaceae


Comment: Wild Tobacco, Solanum mauritianum

Page Posts: 2

Esselean
Esselean
August 04, 2012
Haha I knew it! No hat eating for me!
Esselean
Esselean
July 21, 2012
This plant sprouts up everwhere and there are scattered thickets of them around where i live.
The leaves make me think of the Solanaceae family and the flowers almost scream Solanaceae.
I'll eat my hat if it is not part of the Solanaceae family.
Any idea what it is?

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