Desert Indian Tobacco
Common name: Desert Indian Tobacco
Latin name: Nicotiana obtusifolia
Height: < 31.5 inches
Description: Nicotiana obtusifolia is a woody perennial herb with funnel-shaped flowers which are white or green-tinged, its tubular throat up to 2.6 centimeters long.
Leaf: The leaves have blades up to 10 centimeters long, the lower ones borne on short stalks, the upper ones smaller and clasping the stem.
Range: Desert, s East of Sierra Nevada, White and Inyo Mtns.
Habitat: Gravelly or rocky washes, slopes
Elevation: < 1600 m.
Flowering time: Mar–Jun
Notes: Indians chewed and smoked Nicotiana obtusifolia and used it in powder form as snuff. It was used in rituals as well as for pleasure. Eriogonum inflatum was used as a pipe stuffed with the tobacco and smoked. Nicotiana obtusifolia is a dicot herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. This photo was taken on April 8, 2004 near Hesperia, San Bernardino, California.
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