Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


657

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: South America
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in NC Piedmont)

Look for it in disturbed areas, roadsides, fields, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Bluish/ Purplish
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed salverform or funnelform corolla
5 stamens, fused to corolla tube
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Schizocarp of specialized mericarps (nutlets)

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Boraginales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Heliotropium amplexicaule   FAMILY Heliotropiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Heliotropium amplexicaule   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 161-01-004:
Heliotropium amplexicaule   FAMILY Boraginaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cochranea anchusaefolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Clasping Heliotrope


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image of Heliotropium amplexicaule

JK Marlow    jkm080517_135

May    Aiken County    SC

Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Flowers in a branched series of 3-4 helicoid false racemes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Heliotropium amplexicaule

JK Marlow    jkm080517_135b

May    Aiken County    SC

Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve

image of Heliotropium amplexicaule

JK Marlow    jkm080517_136

May    Aiken County    SC

Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Flowers in secund [one-sided] helicoid [coiled] cymes, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Heliotropium amplexicaule

JK Marlow    jkm080517_136b

May    Aiken County    SC

Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve

image of Heliotropium amplexicaule

JK Marlow    jkm080517_138

May    Aiken County    SC

Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve

False racemes elongate at maturity. Stems several, ascending or decumbent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Heliotropium amplexicaule

JK Marlow    jkm080517_147

May    Aiken County    SC

Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Stem leaves sessile/sub-sessile, oblong-oblanceolate, sordid, tawny-villous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.