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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Borago||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Borago officinalis L.
Habit: Generally branching above; taprooted. Stem: 2--7 dm. Leaf: lower blades 8--20 cm, 3--8 cm wide. Flower: calyx lobes 8--10 mm, 10--15 mm in fruit, linear; corolla rotate, bright blue, limb 18--20 mm diam; anthers 5--8 mm, dark brown. Fruit: nutlets 5--7 mm, +- oblong. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Open, disturbed sites; Elevation: < 550 m. Bioregional Distribution: CCo, SnFrB, SCo; Distribution Outside California: widespread United States; native to southern Europe. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug Note: Ornamental, cultivated for bees (nectar source), potherb.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Richard R. Halse & Timothy C. Messick, family description, key to genera; treatment of genera by Ronald B. Kelley
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Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Richard R. Halse & Timothy C. Messick, family description, key to genera; treatment of genera by Ronald B. Kelley 2016. Borago officinalis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=15875, accessed on May 25, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 25, 2016.