Common Name: Pituri
Pituri is a small, wispy shrub growing up from 0.8 - 4 metres tall.
Commonly used as a stimulant and medicinal herb by the Aborigines of Australia, the plant is cultivated in Australia for the industrial-scale extraction of alkaloids[
An infusion of the leaves is toxic to rats, dogs, cats, and frogs and, in larger quantities, to humans[
Australia - New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia
Arid regions on yellow or red sand, sandy loam, on plains, low dunes & rises[
]. Arid regions on red sand in mallee and woodland communities[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Mainly found in the subtropics, but just extending into tropical areas.
On the basis of its high nicotine content, chewed by the Australian aborigines like tobacco ('pituri')[
The plant is a rich source of tropane alkaloids[
]. These alkaloids are used in the pharmaceutical industry for the production of a wide range of medicines including stimulants, antispasmodics and analgesics.
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