Index- plants in this Family
Boraginaceae / Borage
Pasture Heliotrope (Heliotropium tenellum)
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a annual which can reach 40cm in height (16inches). Usually smaller with much branched narrow stems.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 3cm in length (1inches). Leaves can be as wide as 0.3 cm (0.1inches). Each narrow leaf is entire and grayed with short stiff hair.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts. They are white. Blooms first appear in late spring and continue into late summer. The flowers occur singly at the leaf axils and the ends of the branches.
Habitat: Dry areas both wooded and open.
Range: Centered about where Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas nearly all meet it is found in scattered locations south to Texas, north to Iowa, east to West Virginia and north west Georgia.

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Most Heliotropes come from Central and South America including the garden plants. There are several species native to southern Florida and a few introduced species found in our area that are usually considered weeds. This is the only native Heliotrope we have in the central part of our area and is distinctive from other species in that it does not have flowers in a coiled cyme.


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The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Boraginaceae
Borage
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Heliotropium

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