Nicotiana
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Nicotiana is a genus of shurbs in the Solanacea family that is native to the South Pacific, South West Africa, Australia, and North and South America. Many of the Nicotiana plants are commonly called Tobacco plants which are grown and used to make Tobacco products. Cigarrettes, a common Tobacco product comes from leaves of the Cultivated Tobacco plant, that is the most widely planted Nicotiana plant worldwide. Nicotiana got its name from the French Man Jean Nicot, who introduced the plant to the Royal French Court in 1561. Nicotata3.jpg

Medicinal Use of Nicoticana: Tobacco was first observed being used by Natives on the New World by Christopher Colubmbus and his crew around 1560. He brought it back with several different Nicotiana plants to Europe and it was looked upon as a panacea and a plant that could be used for many theraputic reasons. During the 1800's, doctors and scientists started trying to measure the amount of nicotenie per dose they gave to patient. In the 1900's scientists took several observations to observe that using nicotene would help reduce the chance of parkisons but give a person an increased chance of alhezimers or tourettes. Now in the 21st centruy, any type of tobacco is looked down upon due the the high risks of cancer associated with sniffing, chewing, or smoking tobacco.
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You can identify a Nicotiana Alata, Flowering Tobacco, by many different observations. It is an annual plant that can grow 36-48 inches tall, and around 16 inches wide. It requires full sun to be grown, and it blooms late summer to early fall, and its bloom is a yellowish green color. The flowers are very fragrant, and every part of the plant is very posinous if ingested. It naturally grows in very few parts of the U.S which include California, Ohio, Pennslyvannia, Maryland, New York, Massachussets, Conneticut, and Quebec(which is in Canada).

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Properly Functioning links include...
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=NIAL
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53192/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotiana