Hi, I'm new here so hope this the right place to ask this  

can anyone identify these plants please.  Sorry photos have ended up out of order and in the middle of the post.  Sigh.  another new thing to master.

I'm assuming they are weeds since they grow amazingly well and I don't remember planting them.

The greyish one grows to at least 3 meters in less than a year.  The bobbly things turn into small puffy mauve flowers and the leaves are quite large and downey.  i have a dim memory of someone calling it a wild tobacco but no idea why.

The second one grows to about 2 meters before i chop it down. the leaf veins and stems are a pinkish red, havent seen any flowers  

Are either of them any use other than as compost material?  the grey one is about to flower so if it is a weed I'd like to get rid of it before it sets seed.

Thanks in advance.  im hoping to make it on sunday. This seems like a fun helpful group  

Cheers, marilyn


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Comment by Colin Westwood on September 4, 2019 at 13:34

The one with the bins below is a Wild Tobacco bush. Solenacia family so the young ones should be good for grafting tomatoes onto. The rainforest pigeons and other birds enjoy the seeds.

The other plant in 2 photos is a rainforest pioneer species, the name of which I forget. Fast growing but with balsa like timber.

Comment by Andrew on April 5, 2018 at 13:34

HI Marilyn,

I have heard the one in the 2nd and 3rd photo being called a 'Castor Oil' plant. A noxious weed.

Often grows beside rivers or creeks.

I can't guarantee that definition.


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