Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tobacco plant (Nicotiana)

Native to Americas, Australia, south west Africa and the South Pacific, tobacco has already long been used in the Americas when the European settlers arrived and introduced the practice of smoking to Europe. The nicotiana was named in honor of Jean Nicot, French ambassador to Portugal, who in 1559 sent it as a medicine to the court of Catherine de Medici.

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