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

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesContent
amplexicaule VahlDescription, Image
arborescens L.

Other sources of information about Heliotropium:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Heliotropium
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Heliotropium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Heliotropium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Heliotropium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Heliotropium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Heliotropium
JSTOR Plant Science: Heliotropium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Heliotropium
Plants of the World Online: Heliotropium
Tropicos: Heliotropium
Wikipedia: Heliotropium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Heliotropium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1195, retrieved 21 May 2024

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