Plants of
South Australia
Nicotiana sp. Corunna (D.E.Symon 17088)
Corunna Tobacco
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Nicotiana, named after Jean Nicot (1530-1600), a French Ambassador for the King of France to Lisbon in 1560, who sent the first tobacco plant to France. Corunna, named after Corunna Station, north of Iron Knob in South Australia, where the species was first collected.

Distribution and status

Endemic to South Australia and found in a few locations around Port Augusta, growing in sandy or stony loamy soils in creeklines and hillsides. Native. Rare in South Australia.
Herbarium region: Eyre Peninsula
NRM region: Eyre Peninsula
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Erect herb to 1 m tall with more or less glabrous stems and leaves. Leaves radical and cauline; mostly lanceolate. Inflorescence erect, few-branched spike with tubular flowers, white inside and cream, green or purple-tinged outside. Fruits are brown ellipsoid to ovoid capsule. Seeds are brown reniform seed to 0.7 mm long and 0.5 mm wide, covered in wrinkles. Seed embryo type is linear, fully-developed.

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between October and December. Collect mature capsules, those that are brown or turning a pale straw-colour and contain brown seeds. Can collect individual capsules or break off the whole fruit spike. Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks, then rub the capsules gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.

Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
BGA11,900 (1.44 g)61-Nov-2004DES17088
Eyre Peninsula
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.
Germination table: