Heliotropium supinum L.

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Heliotropium supinum

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Along track to Chobe Camp, Ngoma

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Status: Native
Prostrate or decumbent annual herb with stems up to 35 cm long, more or less densely covered with a mix of appressed and longer spreading hairs. Leaves alternate or subopposite near the base, broadly ovate to broadly obovate, or rarely almost round, 10–35 mm long, densely appressed-pubescent above, pubescent or tomentose and bristly on the veins beneath, often very asymmetrical at base, veins usually impressed above, prominent beneath; petiole 3–15 mm long (up to 27 mm on the basal leaves). Inlorescences mostly 1, rarely 2–3 on each terminal peduncle, short. Flowers (sub)sessile. Calyx 2.0–2.8 mm long, enlarged up to 4.5(6) mm in fruit, bristly outside, appressed hairy inside. Corolla as long as or slightly longer than the calyx, persisting over the fruit; tube greenish, densely clothed with retrorse appressed hairs outside, hairless inside; limb white, divided into 5 minute oblong subequal lobes. Fruits ovoid, up to 4 mm long, hairless, enclosed in the calyx.
Derivation of specific name: supinum: prostrate
Habitat: In dried-up water holes and pools, on heavy black or brown soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout Africa, Southern Europe, Middle East, Arabia, Iraq, India.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 13 March 2018

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 356. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 30.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 93. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 41.

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Flora of Botswana: Heliotropium supinum
Flora of Mozambique: Heliotropium supinum
Flora of Zambia: Heliotropium supinum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Heliotropium supinum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Heliotropium supinum
African Plant Database: Heliotropium supinum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Heliotropium supinum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Heliotropium supinum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Heliotropium supinum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Heliotropium supinum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Heliotropium supinum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Heliotropium supinum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Heliotropium supinum
JSTOR Plant Science: Heliotropium supinum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Heliotropium supinum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Heliotropium supinum
Plants of the World Online: Heliotropium supinum
Tropicos: Heliotropium supinum
Wikipedia: Heliotropium supinum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Heliotropium supinum.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148420, retrieved 30 January 2023

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