Wild Florida Photo - Euploca polyphylla

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Euploca polyphylla

PINELAND HELIOTROPE

Synonym: Heliotropium polyphyllum

Florida native

 

A frequent perennial of pine flatwoods, pond margins and disturbed sites throughout the central and south peninsula and the keys, north in the coastal counties to Flagler County on the east and Taylor County in the Big Bend on the west coast. Also appears in Escambia County. The range includes the Bahama Islands of Eleuthera and New Providence.
The flowers of pineland heliotrope can be yellow or white, appearing predominately yellow in Everglades National Park, and mostly white northward. The five-lobed flowers grow to 5-6.5 mm (3/16 - 1/4 in.) wide on curved spikes, often in two rows. Fruits are four-lobed. The alternate leaves are sessile or short (less than 2 mm) petioled, narrowly elliptic, smooth above and densely pubescent below, to 2 cm (3/4 in.) long and 1 cm (3/8 in.) wide.

 
Euploca polyphylla is a member of the Boraginaceae - Borage family.