Heliotropium supinum L.

Creeping Heliotrope

Sp. Pl. 130 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Semi-prostrate annual, to c. 5 cm high; indumentum of simple white hairs; branches to c. 35 cm long. Leaves ovate, mostly 1.0–3.5 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, apex obtuse, base cuneate, margins slightly undulate and revolute, surfaces with mixed short, more or less appressed hairs and longer spreading hairs, denser below; petiole 1–6 mm long. Inflorescences usually unbranched. Sepals ovate, 2–3 mm long, acute, connate for much of their length, elongating with age; corolla 4–4.5 mm long, throat glabrous, hairy outside, white with a yellow throat, tube c. as long as lobes; anthers acuminate, apices free; style c. 0.5 mm long, stigma c. 0.5 mm long, pubescent. Mericarps 1–4, dry and falling enclosed in the calyx at maturity, glabrous, almost smooth, brown. Flowers Jan.–Apr.

*LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to Europe. A weed primarily of heavy clay soils.

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 supinum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Heliotropium supinum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present introduced
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales