Indian Heliotrope - Turnsole
Heliotropium indicum Linnaeus
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not) Family

Plant is an upright, branching, hairy annual. Preferred habitat is roadsides, old fields and edge of swamps or flood plains. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part, stalked, oval to lance-shape, no teeth and no lobes, wavy margins, or may be coarsely saw-toothed. The leaf base is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are coiled clusters; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The calyx is five-lobed. The corolla is tubular and also five-lobed. The color is blue or occasionally white. The stamens are bright yellow. Flowers occur in the summer and early autumn.

Fruit is an ovary with two or more seed chambers

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