03 July 2020

Heliotropium dolosum – Raydah Escarpment

Whist looking around the bottom of the Raydah Escarpment I came across a number of Heliotropium dolosum. This species has a range from southeast Europe to Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. Heliotropium is a genus of flowering plants in the borage family, Boraginaceae and are commonly known as heliotropes. It is highly toxic for dogs and cats. The name "heliotrope" derives from the old idea that the inflorescences of these plants turned their rows of flowers to the sun. Ἥλιος (helios) is Greek for "sun", τρέπειν (trepein) means "to turn". 
Heliotropium dolosum