7052.000 Heliotropium L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes subshrubby. leaves alternate, rarely subopposite. Cymes spike-like, usually scorpioid, terminal or pseudoaxillary, simple or branched; rarely flowers solitary, supra-axillary. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous. Corolla salver-shaped or funnel-shaped, white, yellow or blue. Stamens included. Ovary 4-celled, entire or subentire. Style terminal. Fruit dry, usually splitting at maturity into four 1-seeded nutlets, free or cohering in pairs or remaining entire and 1-seeded by abortion.

Derivation of name: turning with the sun, heliotropic

Worldwide: c. 250 species, tropical and temperate areas

Botswana: 10 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
ciliatum KaplanN,SW,SEDescription, Image
curassavicum L.N
giessii Friedr.-Holzh.N,SW,SE
indicum L.NDescription, Image
lineare (A.DC.) G├╝rkeSW,SE
ovalifolium Forssk.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
steudneri VatkeN,SW,SEDescription, Image
strigosum Willd.N,SWDescription, Image
supinum L.N,SEDescription, Image
zeylanicum (Burm. f.) Lam.NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Heliotropium:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Heliotropium
Flora of Malawi: Heliotropium
Flora of Mozambique: Heliotropium
Flora of Zambia: Heliotropium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Heliotropium
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Heliotropium

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Heliotropium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Heliotropium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Heliotropium
Wikipedia: Heliotropium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Heliotropium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Heliotropium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Heliotropium.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1195, retrieved 31 July 2021

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