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The key lies in the special ecology of wild tobacco. The species grows in desert areas in the United States where seeds wait for years in the ground for a fire and afterwards all germinate together.
When a hornworm feeds on a wild tobacco plant, a touch of the nicotine diverts from the gut into the insect equivalent of a bloodstream and from there wafts out through small respiratory openings along the body.
The Beltsville scientists had analyzed natural plant compounds taken from leaf hairs, or trichomes, of wild tobacco plants.
lobelie, indian tobacco, diarrhea, dizziness, pukeweed, vomit wort, tremors; possible deaths wild tobacco) reported.
HOUSE OF STYLE: Male bower birds scour the forest for colorful knick-knacks--purple wild tobacco blossoms, blue parrot feathers, white snail shells--to carpet the entranceways to their elaborately built huts, The bright colors help lure mates.