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Common name

English: Indian Heliotrope

German: Indische Sonnenwende

Mandarin: 大尾摇 (da wei yao)

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2146)

      Order: Boraginales (3)

        Family: Heliotropiaceae (3)(family description)

          Genus: Heliotropium (3)

            Epithet: indicum L. (3)

Synonyms: Eliopia riparia Raf., Eliopia serrata Raf., Heliophytum foetidum DC., Heliophytum indicum (L.) DC., Heliophytum velutinum (Lehm.) DC., Heliotropium africanum Schum. & Thonn., Heliotropium anisophyllum P.Beauv., Heliotropium cordifolium Moench, Heliotropium foetidum Salisb., Heliotropium horminifolium Mill., Heliotropium lanceolatum Noronha, Heliotropium parviflorum Blanco, Tiaridium anisophyllum (P.Beauv.) G.Don, Tiaridium indicum (L.) Lehm., Tiaridium velutinum Lehm.

africanum => of African origin

cordifolium => with heart-shaped leaves

foetidum => evil smelling

indicum => of Indian origin

lanceolatum => lancet-like in form

parviflorum => small-flowered

riparia => of or belonging to the bank of a river

serrata => beset with saw teeth

velutinum => velvet-like, covered closely with short, soft hairs

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: purple, violet, white

External links

Check for Heliotropium indicum at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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