Common name: Smooth Heliotrope
Heliotropium curassavicum L. APNI*
Description: Annual or perennial herb, prostrate, usually < 5 cm high, glabrous, glaucous.
Leaves narrow-obovate to oblong, 0.6–4 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, apex obtuse, lamina fleshy, glabrous; shortly petiolate.
Flowers in rather short scorpioid cymes; bracts absent. Sepals c. 2 mm long, obtuse. Corolla 1.5–2 mm long, white; lobes about as long as the tube. Anthers acuminate, tips free. Style very short; stigma broad, pubescent. Mericarps 4, succulent at first, brown at maturity.
Distribution and occurrence: north and west of Corowa district. Native of S America.
Weed of wet areas.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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