Nicotiana velutina H.-M.Wheeler

Velvet Tobacco

Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot. 18: 55 (1935) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect herb to 1.5 m high; branches pubescent with glandular and non-glandular hairs. Leaves radical and cauline or mostly radical, usually elliptic, 2–20(–28) cm long, 0.5–4(–8) cm wide, apex acute or obtuse, base attenuate, pubescent; petiole to 15 cm long, narrowly winged; upper cauline leaves lanceolate or linear, often sessile. Inflorescences terminal, panicle-like, usually few-branched. Flowers on pedicels to c. 15 mm long; calyx tubular, 5–17 mm long, pubescent; corolla white, tube 11–35 mm long, 1–5 mm wide at apex of calyx, pubescent, limb 7–30 mm diam., lobes obtuse or notched; stamens unequal, upper 4 filaments to 3.5 mm long, lower filament 5–10 mm long. Capsule ellipsoid to ovoid-ellipsoid, 5–11 mm long; seeds mostly C-shaped, 0.5–1 mm long, wrinkled. Flowers mainly spring.

LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP, Strz, VRiv, Wim. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Confined to north-west Victoria usually on sand.

A sterile, F1 hybrid between N. glauca and N. velutina is known from near Hattah in the far north-west.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2018-10-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
genus Nicotiana
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Nicotiana velutina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Nicotiana velutina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory