Common name: Prostrate Heliotrope
Heliotropium supinum L. APNI*
Description: Annual herb, prostrate, usually < 5 cm high, finely hairy with white hairs.
Leaves ovate, 1.5–3.5 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, apex obtuse, lamina finely hairy, long-petiolate.
Flowers in simple scorpioid cymes; bracts absent. Sepals to 3 mm long, acute. Corolla 2–3 mmlong, white; lobes about half as long as the tube. Anthers acuminate, tips free. Style c. 0.5 mm long, stigma conical, minutely pubescent. Mericarps 1–4, ± smooth, glabrous, falling with the calyx at maturity.
Distribution and occurrence: north and west of Narranderra. Native of Europe.
Weed on heavy soils after rain.
NSW subdivisions: *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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