Ascension : Ascension Island Conservation Department
Submitted by The Islander (Conservation Office) 10.10.2013 (Article Archived on 24.10.2013)
Nicotiana glauca, this species is a tall but spindly shrub, native to Bolivia and Argentina,
Ascension Island Conservation Department
Conservation Weekly - Nicotiana glauca
(Tree Tobacco, Mustard Tree)
This species is a tall but spindly shrub, native to Bolivia and Argentina, which sometimes reaches a tree-like height of six feet or more.
Probably introduced as an ornamental it is now spreading rapidly and has become naturalized on the island. It thrives on rough ground and can withstand drought conditions. The drooping branches bear smooth, blue-green, pointed leaves on long stalks. The tubular creamy-yellow flowers appear in clusters in the winter.
The shrub is common along the roadsides in the Travellerís Hill area, in Two Boats Boats Village, on the NE Bay Road and on the NASA Road
(Flowering plants of Ascension Island, Wendy Fairhurst)
Nicotiana at Devilís Riding School
The plant has become one of Ascensionís invasive species and is growing also in Conservation protected areas such as the turtle nesting beaches and areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Devilís Riding School.
The Conservation Office in Georgetown is open from 7:30am Ė 10am on week days but due to fieldwork commitments, staff will only sporadically be in the office throughout the rest of the day. We also open on Saturdays 10am -12noon. Please come in and see us if you are interested in finding out more about conservation work on Ascension or if you would like to purchase something from our shop!
Volunteers welcome. Please contact Natasha Williams or Jolene Sim. Ascension Island Conservation. Georgetown. Tel: 6359. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org