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Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
SEASIDE HELIOTROPE, ALKALI HELIOTROPE

Higher Taxonomy
Family: BoraginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: BORAGE or WATERLEAF FAMILY
Habit: Annual to shrub or small tree, or non-green root parasite, often bristly or sharp-hairy. Stem: prostrate to erect. Leaf: basal and/or cauline, generally simple, generally alternate. Inflorescence: generally cymes, or panicle-, raceme-, head-, or spike-like, generally coiled in flower (often described as scorpioid), generally elongating in fruit, or flowers 1--2 per axil. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals (4)5(10), fused at least at base, or free; corolla (4)5(10)-lobed, salverform, funnel-shaped, rotate, or bell-shaped, generally without scales at tube base, with 0 or 5 appendages at tube top, alternate stamens; stamens epipetalous; ovary generally superior, entire to 4-lobed, style 1(2), entire or 2-lobed or -branched. Fruit: valvate or circumscissile capsule or nutlets 1--4, free (fused), smooth to roughened, prickly or bristly or not.
Genera In Family: +- 120 genera, +- 2300 species: tropics, temperate, especially western North America, Mediterranean; some cultivated (Borago, Heliotropium, Echium, Myosotis, Nemophila, Phacelia, Symphytum, Wigandia). Toxicity: Many genera may be TOXIC from pyrrolizidine alkaloids or accumulated nitrates. Note: Recently treated to include Hydrophyllaceae, Lennoaceae. Wigandia urens added, as naturalized.
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, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin, David J. Keil.
Genus: HeliotropiumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: HELIOTROPE
Habit: Annual, perennial herb [shrub], glabrous to bristly or strigose. Stem: prostrate to erect, branched. Leaf: generally cauline, petioled to sessile, generally entire. Inflorescence: flower 1 in axils or many in terminal coiled spike-like cymes. Flower: corolla rotate to bell-shaped, white to purple; stamens attached on upper tube, included, anthers +- sessile; style 0 or not lobed, stigma 1, linear to disk-like. Fruit: nutlets 2 or 4, erect, generally ovoid to spheric, smooth, roughened, or hairy, scar generally lateral.
Species In Genus: +- 250 species: temperate, tropics. Ornamental, cultivated for medicinal drugs. Etymology: (Greek: sun turning, from some species flowering at summer solstice)
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley & Dieter H. Wilken

Heliotropium curassavicum L. var. oculatum (A. Heller) I.M. Johnst. ex Tidestr.
NATIVE
Habit: Perennial herb, fleshy, occasionally from rhizome-like root. Stem: prostrate to +- ascending, 1--6 dm, glabrous. Leaf: 1--6 cm, generally oblanceolate, short-petioled to subsessile, acute to obtuse, glabrous. Inflorescence: spike-like cymes 2--4. Flower: calyx lobes oblong to narrow-ovate, glabrous; corolla 3--5 mm, 3--5(7) mm diam, salverform to bell-shaped, white, throat generally blue-purple, upper tube +- yellow. Fruit: nutlets 4, smooth. Chromosomes: 2n=26, 28.
Ecology: Moist to dry, saline to alkaline soils, generally near water; Elevation: < 2250 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA (exc KR, NCoRH, c SNH); Distribution Outside California: southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, to western Texas, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Feb--Oct
Synonyms: Heliotropium oculatum A. Heller; Heliotropium spathulatum subsp. oculatum (A. Heller) Ewan
Unabridged Note: Part of worldwide, highly polymorphic sp. complex with many ecological and/or geographical variants.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley & Dieter H. Wilken
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Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley & Dieter H. Wilken 2016. Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=59914, accessed on April 29, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on April 29, 2016.


Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
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Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
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© 2015 Keir Morse
Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
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© 2015 Keir Morse
Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
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© 2015 Keir Morse
Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
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© 2015 Keir Morse
Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
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Geographic subdivisions for Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum:
CA (exc KR, NCoRH, c SNH);
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