Common name: Tobacco
Botanical name: Nicotiana tabacum
Other common names: –
General description: Robust herb up to 3m tall, cultivated as a crop but sometimes found as a weedy escape.
Flowers: The tubular flowers are white to pink or red, five lobed and held in clusters near the top of the plant.
Leaves: Leaves are stalkless (sessile), simple and alternate, pale green, ovate to lance-shaped, up to 40cm long and 23cm wide; softly hairy with fine sticky hairs.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit is a capsule 1.5-2cm long which contains numerous small seeds.
Other: Handling the plant in damp conditions increases skin absorption and risk of poisoning. It is illegal to grow tobacco in Australia without an excise license.
Symptoms: Symptoms from ingestion or skin contact can include nausea, vomiting, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, tremors, headache, dizziness and confusion; skin rash and swelling.
Toxicity category: 2
Warning: Seek medical attention if symptoms occur.