|Scientific Name||Heliotropium curassavicum|
Flowering class: Dicot
Distribution notes: Exotic
Herbs, prostrate and spreading, glabrous and succulent, the younger parts sometimes glaucous. Leaves alternate or somewhat fasciculate, oblanceolate, lanceolate, or spathulate, to 3.5 cm long and 0.6-0.7 cm wide, obtuse, the margins entire, the bases attenuate; petioles obscure. Inflorescences spike-like, scorpioid when immature, unilateral, mostly terminal, c. 2-4.5 cm long; bracts absent. Flowers small, sessile, crowded; calyx of 5 sepals, slightly connate basally, elongate-deltoid, c. 1.2-1.3 mm long; corolla salverform, white, the tube somewhat saccate, c. 1.2 mm long, the lobes c. 0.8 mm long; stamens 5, sessile, the anthers 0.6 mm long; ovary 4-lobed, the disc obscure, the style absent, the stigma conical, annular pubescent at the widened base. Fruit 4-lobed, 2.3 x 3.8 mm, the 4 nutlets frequently remaining together at maturity, the nutlets glabrous, wedge-shaped, c. 1.6-1.7 mm long.
Flowering and fruiting: January-April
Notes: Plains, Halophyte
Sea coasts and mangrove forests
State - Kerala, District/s: Ernakulam
Tamil Nadu: Chennai, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Kanniyakumari, Nagapattinam, Puddukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli, Thiruvallur, Thiruvarur, Thoothukkudi
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