Heliotropium species [Boraginaceae]

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Scientific Name Heliotropium procumbens (Euploca procumbens) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Four-spike Heliotrope ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) Wildflower Center Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry areas, caliche soils.
Plant: Branched annual, prostrate or decumbent to erect, 4 to 12 inches tall.
Leaves: Hairy, pointed alternate, elliptical or lanceolate stem leaves less than 1 inch long, with short petioles.
Inflorescence: Two or three spikes of many very small (from 1/16 to 1/8-inch across), white, funnel-shaped flowers, with 5 lobes and yellow throats; hairy calyx tube beneath. Up to 40 flowers arranged along one side of the spikes.
Bloom Period: April to November.
References: "Vascular Plants of Williamson County" by A.C. Gibson and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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Scientific Name Heliotropium tenellum USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name White Heliotrope, Pasture Heliotrope ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry areas, hillsides, roadsides, rocky soils.
Plant: Erect, branched, bushy annual 6 to 18 inches tall; branches and leaves covered with short, stiff hairs.
Leaves: Alternate, short-petiolate to sessile, linear leaves up to 2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Small, white, funnel-shaped flowers, less than 1/4 inch across and 1/4 inch long, with yellow throats.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and www.missouriplants.com.
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