1. Family: Boraginaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Heliotropium Tourn. ex L.
      1. Heliotropium myosotifolium (DC.) Reiche

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Chile.


    Luebert, F. 2013. A revision of Heliotropium sect. Cochranea (Heliotropiaceae). Kew Bulletin 68: 1. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-013-9432-6

    Type: Chile, Coquimbo, [barren and stony hills between Huasco and Copiapó], [Sept. 1841], T. Bridges 1338 (holotype G-DC [photo SGO 11767]; isotypes BM [photo GH], E not seen digital photograph), G, GH, K [photo SGO 2262], P not seen [digital photograph, fragm. F 515813, photo MSB], W).
    Erect shrubs, 0.1 – 0.5 m tall, with ascending thin branches, densely foliose to the base of the inflorescence
    Stems and foliage strigose or villous, usually densely so, non-glutinous
    Leaves alternate, solitary or grouped in fascicles of up to 10 leaves, sessile, linear to oblong-linear, 5 – 20 (− 30) × 0.7 – 2.5 (− 4) mm; lamina strigose or villous, greyish or brownish-green, margin entire, revolute, base attenuate, apex obtuse, with only the main vein conspicuous
    Inflorescences terminal, elongate, dichotomously branched, to c. 5 cm long
    Flowers sessile, alternate, erect, aromatic. Calyx cylindrical, green or greyish-green; calyx lobes linear, glutinous, fused only at the base or free, strigose on both sides, 2 – 5 × 0.5 – 0.7 mm, free portion 2 – 3 mm long, apex acute
    Corolla infundibuliform, sparsely strigose, dull white with yellow throat; limb horizontally spreading, 5 – 7 (− 8) mm wide, lobes rounded; tube as long as the calyx, 3 – 5 mm long
    Stamens included or exserted at late anthesis; filaments adnate to petals; anthers oblong-lanceolate, glabrous, base cordate, apex acute, c. 1 mm long, overlapping the stigmatic head
    Ovary glabrous, subglobose, 0.5 – 1 mm diam., with a basal nectar ring
    Style glabrous, c. 0.2 – 0.5 mm long, shorter than the stigmatic head
    Stigmatic head conic, elongated, bilobate, c. 1.3 – 2.2 × 0.7 mm
    Fruits dry, ellipsoid, rugose, glabrous, dark brown, falling apart at maturity into two 2-seeded nutlets
    Colpiferous sides almost parallel (from Ricardi & Marticorena 4393/788 in Marticorena 1968) Pollen prolate, 22 – 23 × 11.5 – 14.5 μm Amb 6-lobate Endoapertures 2.5 μm diam. Exine thickness 1 μm at the mesocolpia and 1.5 μm at the apocolpia
    Inland pampa of the provinces of Copiapó and Huasco, Región de Atacama, Chile, largely restricted to the plains located between the cities of Vallenar and Copiapó, between 27°30'S and 29°9'S (Map 10). The locality given in the collection of Albert s.n. (‘Quinteros’, Región de Valparaíso, Chile) is certainly erroneous.
    Dry inland sandy plains, subject to rain-shadow effects of the coastal mountains, 170 – 700 (− 1500) m. These areas are largely devoid of vegetation during dry years, but both woody and herbaceous plants emerge in the spring of rainy years giving rise to the so-called blooming desert. The vegetation of these areas has been studied by Kohler (1967, 1968). It consists of a scrub dominated by Atriplex deserticola Phil. (Amaranthaceae) and Skytanthus acutus Meyen (Apocynaceae), with a dense layer of ephemeral plants, such as Nolana baccata Dunal (Solanaceae) and Cistanthe longiscapa (Barnéoud) Carolin ex Hershk. (Portulacaceae), where Heliotropium myosotifolium is usually scarce.
    Least concern (LC), see Luebert (2010).

    September to October.

    Palo negro (Spanish).

    This species is very similar to Heliotropium chenopodiaceum (see discussion under the latter species).

    It has also sometimes been confounded with Heliotropium floridum, from which it is easily distinguished by its style shorter than the stigmatic head (vs style longer than the stigmatic head in H. floridum). The latter species has the leaves more succulent than H. myosotifolium, and is distributed west of the range of H. myosotifolium, closer to the coast.

    The epithet myosotifolium refers to its leaves similar to some species of the genus Myosotis L. (Boraginaceae).

    Riedemann et al. (2006) suggest its potential use as an ornamental.



    Native to:

    Chile North

    Heliotropium myosotifolium (DC.) Reiche appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2008 s.coll. [s.n.], Chile K000583545
    Jan 1, 2008 s.coll. [s.n.], Atacama K000583547 isotype
    Jan 1, 2008 s.coll. [s.n.], Chile K000583548 isotype
    Jan 1, 2008 Lobb [440], Chile K000583544 holotype
    Bridges [1338], Chile K000583546 isotype

    First published in Fl. Chile 5: 201 (1910)

    Accepted by

    • Zuloaga, F.O., Morrone, O. , Belgrano, M.J., Marticorena, C. & Marchesi, E. (eds.) (2008). Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 107: 1-3348. Missouri Botanical Garden.


    Kew Bulletin
    • Förther (1998: 208)
    • Marticorena (1968: 45)
    • Johnston (1928b: 31)
    • (1907: 2431910: 201)
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Luebert, F. (2013). A revision of Heliotropium sect. Cochranea (Heliotropiaceae) Kew Bulletin 68: 1-54. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


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