Grey Leaf Heliotrope
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Grey Leaf Heliotrope
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Grey Leaf Heliotrope • Hindi: Kunden
Botanical name: Heliotropium ovalifolium    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)

Grey Leaf Heliotrope is a perennial herb, growing up to 3 ft tall, sometimes with woody base, much branched. Young branches are silvery velvety. Alternately arranged leaves have stalks up to 1.5 cm long. Leaf blade is elliptical or obovate, up to 5.5 cm x 2.5 cm, with a wedge-shaped base and tip which can be rounded, rounded with a small point or pointed. Inflorescence is a spike-like cyme, silky hairy, without bracts, with flowers arranged in two rows, up to 4 cm long. Flowers are white, bisexual, 5-merous, with almost free sepals, densely covered with hairs. Flower tube is funnel-shaped, up to 3 mm long, velvety outside, petals ovate-triangular, up to 2 mm long. Stamens remain inside the flower tube. Fruit splits into 4 nutlets, densely white hairy. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: J. M. Garg
Photographed around Pocharam Lake, Medak district, Andhra Pradesh.
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