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Family: Boraginaceae
Heliotropium amplexicaule

Citation: Vahl, Symb. Bot. 3:21 (1794).

Synonymy: H. anchusaefolium Poiret, Encycl. Suppl. 3:23 ( 1813); Cochranea anchusaefolia (Poiret)Gtirke, Natarl. Pflanzenfam. 4, 3a: 97 (1894); Tournefortia heliotropioides Hook., Curtis's Bot. Mag. 58:t. 3096 (1831).

Common name: Blue heliotrope.

Decumbent perennial; stems, leaves and calyx with both simple unicellular and glandular hairs; leaves narrowly elliptic, oblanceolate or lanceolate, 2.5-8 cm long, 0.4-1.5 cm wide, shortly petiolate, the apex obtuse to acute, the margin slightly undulate.

inflorescence a usually several-branched cyme, circinnate; calyx not accrescent; corolla with the lobes lilac to purple and the throat yellow, outside with simple unicellular and glandular hairs, inside with the throat densely bearded, salverform, the tube c. 3-3.5 mm long, the limb c. 6-7.5 mm diam.; anthers free; style obsolete, the stigma with a stigmatic cone pubescent and c. 0.4 mm long.

Mericarps glabrous, 2, falling at maturity.

image of FSA3_Heliotropium_amp.jpg Flowering branch, half flower and fruit.
Image source: fig. 538A in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 562.

Distribution:  Grows commonly in loamy soils.

S.Aust.: GT, FR, EP, MU, SL, SE.   Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.   Native to South America.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Nov. — March.

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