Wild Florida Photo - Heliotropium angiospermum

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Heliotropium angiospermum


Florida native


A frequent plant of hammocks, shellmounds and disturbed sites in mostly coastal counties of central and south Florida including the keys. The range includes Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, plus tropical America.
Scorpionstail is a woody shrub growing to over a meter (~3 ft.) tall. The tiny white flowers are in two ranks on curved, terminal spikes becoming 4-6 cm (1.6 - 2.4 in.) long. The corolla tube is 1 - 1.5 mm long, the inside has a yellowish eye, and the five lobes with crinkled margins grow to typically 3 mm (1/8 in.) across. The calyx is united only at the base, with 1.5 - 2 mm long trianglular, sparesly pubescent lobes.The leaves of Heliotropium angiospermum are lanceolate and entire, 2.5 - 15.25 cm (1-6 in.) long and 1.3 - 5 cm (1/2 - 2 in.) wide, with petioles over 2 mm (~ 1/16 in.) long. The stems and leaves are hirsute to strigose.

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Heliotropium angiospermum is a member of the Boraginaceae - Borage family.

Other species of the Heliotropium genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Heliotropium gnaphalodes - SEA ROSEMARY

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  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
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