Common name: Rough Heliotrope, Rough Heliotrope
Heliotropium asperrimum R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, erect, 30–60 cm high, hispid with hairs simple and glandular.
Leaves oblong to obovate, 1.5–7 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, lamina hispid with stiff hairs; shortly petiolate.
Flowers dense, in branched scorpioid cymes; bracts absent. Sepals c. 3 mm long, acute. Corolla 3–4 mm long, white; lobes about half as long as the tube. Anthers acute, tips free. Style c. 1.5 mm long, stigma conical, glabrous. Mericarps 3 or 4, wrinkled, glabrous.
Flowering: spring and autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: northwest from Mount Hope.
Uncommon, usually found in damp places on sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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