Heliotropium asperrimum R.Br.

Rough Heliotrope

Prodr. 493 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Erect perennial, 30–60 cm high; indumentum of mixed simple and glandular hairs. Leaves oblong to obovate, mostly 1.5–8.5 cm long, 4–16 mm wide, apex acute or obtuse, base cuneate, margins revolute and slightly undulate, both surfaces hispid; petiole short, indistinct. Inflorescences usually branched. Sepals ovate, 3–4 mm long, acute, connate at base, not elongating with age; corolla 3–4 mm long, throat glabrous, hairy outside, white with a yellow throat, tube c. twice as long as lobes; anthers acute, apices free; style c. 1.5 mm long, stigma 0.5–2 mm long, glabrous. Mericarps 3 or 4, falling at maturity, glabrous, rugulose, brown. Flowers Oct.–Apr.

MuM, RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, NSW. A rare species of damp, sandy situations.

Currently known only from the Horsham, Robinvale and Kerang areas.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Boraginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Heliotropium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Heliotropium asperrimum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Heliotropium asperrimum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales