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: 11 taxa.

Heliotropium ovalifolium

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
amplexicaule VahlWDescription, Image
ciliatum KaplanN,W,E,SDescription, Image
giessii Friedr.-Holzh.W,S
indicum L.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
ovalifolium Forssk.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pectinatum F. Vaupel subsp. harareense (E.S. Martins) Verdc.N,W,C
rariflorum Stocks subsp. hereroense (Schinz) Verdc.S
steudneri VatkeW,E,SDescription, Image
strigosum Willd.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
supinum L.N,W,C,SDescription, Image
zeylanicum (Burm. f.) Lam.N,W,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Heliotropium:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Heliotropium
Flora of Caprivi: Heliotropium
Flora of Malawi: Heliotropium
Flora of Mozambique: Heliotropium
Flora of Zambia: 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, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Heliotropium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1195, retrieved 2 February 2023

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