Heliotropium amplexicaule Vahl - Clasping Heliotrope

Heliotropium amplexicaule plant

Family - Boraginaceae

Stems:

Heliotropium amplexicaule stem

Leaves:

Heliotropium amplexicaule leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Heliotropium amplexicaule flowers

Heliotropium amplexicaule calyx

Heliotropium amplexicaule infructescenceInfructescence.

Flowering - April - October.

Habitat - Disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to tropical America.

Other information - This weedy but attractive species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its sessile leaves, pubescent stems, and blue flowers.
The genus name Heliotropium derives from the Greek "helio" meaning "the sun" and "tropi" meaning "turn" as it was once believed that the flowers of the plant turned towards and followed the sun.
The species epithet "amplexicaule" derives from the Latin "ample" meaning "embrace" and "caul" meaning "stem" referring to the sessile leaves.

Alabama Distribution:

Heliotropium amplexicaule map

Photographs taken off Auburn-Opelika Rd, Opelika, AL., 10-5-05.


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