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Tobacco tree

Solanum mauritianum


A small tree or big shrub; all parts but especially young flowers are covered with very dense fur. Leaves furry, large, ovate; flowers clumped; purple petals with gold-yellow centre.


Open savannah, forest fringe.


All parts of this plant are poisonous. The berries have been know to kill humans when ingested. This plant has become naturalised in Australia and is becoming invasive around the edges of forests. Other common names include Woolly Nightshade, Ear-leaved Nightshade, Earleaf nightshade, Flannel Weed, Bugweed, Tobacco Weed, Tobacco Bush, Wild Tobacco and Kerosene Plant.

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

and Craig William is totally disgusted with the one I found.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Your spotting is Tobacco tree and The one I found is tree Tobacco. Who knows what they mean but the flowers are totally different.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago
I found this near the foothills.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Don't know how it got the name martin. If just handling the plants can cause irritation and nausea it doesn't sound good to smoke or chew.

MartinL 10 years ago

I guess the tobacco is poisonous too?

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 22, 2012
Submitted on Apr 22, 2012

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