Nicotiana obtusifolia var. obtusifolia

Desert Tobacco - Nicotiana obtusifolia var. obtusifolia
Ready Pay Gulch
East of Hillsboro, NM, USA

Nicotiana obtusifolia, Desert Tobacco, is a plant of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.  

Vascular Plants of the Gila list this species under its scientific synonym, Nicotiana trigonophylla.  Its common names include Desert Tobacco, Little Tobacco, Tabaquillo, and Punche.

The current description of this species dates from 1845, when it was published by Martin Martens and Henri Guillaume Galeotti.  These two collaborated extensively and among other things co-authored significant works on the family Solanaceae. 

Several indigeonous tribes (Cahuilla, Navajo, Pima, Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Papago, and Yuma) used this plant for food and for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.

3/30/17 (Immediately above and below)

Rattlesnake Mine, East of Hillsboro, New Mexico
May 14, 2020

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