12 Apr 2018

Salt Heliotrope – Deffi Park

Whilst birding Deffi Park recently I came across a Salt Heliotrope Heliotropium curassavicum. It is an erect or spreading plant with, weak stems, stems fleshy, glabrous. The leaves are Grey-green or bluish-green; mostly oval or oblanceolate, short petioles or sub-sessile. The flower Color: White turning pale purple or yellow in the corolla throat; flowers small ¼ inch with 5 rounded lobes, bell-shaped, inflorescence spikes 2 to 4, scorpioid (like a scorpions upward-curled tail). Its Habitat Preferences are salty alkaline soils, sandy soils, streams and in or near moist areas.
Salt Heliotrope

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