Heliotropium ovalifolium Forssk.

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Heliotropium ovalifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road no8 between 4 and 11, Gorongosa National Park.

Heliotropium ovalifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road no8 between 4 and 11, Gorongosa National Park.

Heliotropium ovalifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road no8 between 4 and 11, Gorongosa National Park.

Heliotropium ovalifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Urema River, near Road 11 crossing, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Heliotropium coromandelianum Retz.
Heliotropium phyllosepalum Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent at low and middle altitudes
Status: Native
Description:
Decumbent annual or perennial herb, sometimes erect, up to 60 cm. Leaves alternate, numerous, obovate or elliptic, covered in long and short silvery hairs; margin slightly revolute. Flowers in elongated inflorescences, eventually up to 17 cm, white with yellow inside the corolla tube, hairy on the outside. Fruits 1.5 × 2 mm, depressed subglobular, densely covered in short hairs.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: ovalifolium: with oval (elliptic) leaves
Habitat: In sandy or muddy soils on riverbanks, swamp edges, floodplains and grassland. Also along roadsides and on waste grounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical Africa, Madagascar, Arabia, india and Pakistan.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Utetheisa pulchella (Food plant)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Wednesday 14 May 2008
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 354. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 44. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 41.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 201.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 81. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Heliotropium ovalifolium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148370, retrieved 28 June 2016

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