Nicotiana tabacum L.

 
  • Family : SOLANACEAE
    (NIGHTSHADE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Solanaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Nicotiana tabacum L.
  • Common name : Tobacco Plant, American tobacco, Virginia tobacco
  • Vernacular name : Tamaak, Tamaku, Tabaku (Hindi); Tambaaku (Kannada); Puigaiyilai, Puhaiyilai, Pukayilai (Tamil); Pokaku, Pogaku (Telugu); Tamaku, Tambaku, Tamuk, Dukta (Oria); Pokala, Pukayila (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Comments / notes : Cultivated in most parts for its leaves. Also as an escape. Source of Tobacco of commerce.
  • Flower, Fruit : August-May
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Ballari district
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district, Idukki district
  • Native : Tropical America
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in tropics
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Nicotiana tabacum. Downloaded on 23 September 2019.

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