All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Desert Tobacco</strong>
<em>Nicotiana trigonophylla</em>
March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ<br>
I found these flowers blooming along the trail in Thunderbird Park. My guess would be that these are moth or butterfly-pollinated flowers. Like the "E...
Desert Tobacco
Nicotiana trigonophylla
March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ

I found these flowers blooming along the trail in Thunderbird Park. My guess would be that these are moth or butterfly-pollinated flowers. Like the "Evil Weed" cigarette tobacco, one of the (unfortunately!) main cash crops of Tennessee, this wildflower contains the toxins nicotine and pyridine. Do those two chemicals and insecticides sound familiar?! Why anyone would intentionally want to inhale a deadly poison (along with about 4000 other chemicals) is beyond my comprehension!


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