Sunday, February 14, 2016

Heliotropium curassavicum (Salt Heliotrope, Seaside Heliotrope)

 5/18/02 Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, Orange County, CA

5/18/02 Upper Newport Bay

8/8/17 Beach access trail to Grand Dunes Trail, Oceano Dunes SRVA


COMMON NAME: Salt Heliotrope, Seaside Heliotrope

SPECIES: Heliotropium curassavicum

FAMILY: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


LOCATION: Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, Orange County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Perennial, sometimes from rhizome-like root

Stem prostrate to weakly ascending, 1–6 dm, fleshy, glabrous

Leaf 1–6 cm, generally oblanceolate, short-petioled to subsessile, acute to obtuse, fleshy, glabrous

Inflorescence: spikes 2–4, terminal, coiled in flower

Flower: calyx lobes oblong to narrowly ovate, glabrous; corolla 3–5 mm, bell-shaped, limb 3–4 mm wide, white to bluish

Fruit: nutlets 4, smooth

Ecology: Moist to dry, saline soils

Elevation: < 2100 m.  

Bioregional distribution: California 

Distribution outside California: Nevada, Arizona, subtropical, tropical America

Flowering time: Mar–Oct

Horticultural information: 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24 IRR: 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23; STBL; INV.

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