WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Also called Bindweed Heliotrope and Wide-flower Heliotrope, this sand-loving plant develops 4–16-inch tall, sprawling to erect, branching, hairy stems. Note the small flowers on the branch tips with a 5-sided white, crape-paper-like disk with a tiny yellow throat.


FLOWERS: May–September. White, fragrant flowers funnel-shaped with 5 united lobes spread 5/8–1-inch wide (15–25 mm); stamens and style hidden inside the yellow throat; stem and sepals very hairy.


LEAVES: Alternate. Blade lance-shaped to elliptic, 3/8–1 1/2-inches long (1–4 cm), 3/8–5/8-inch wide (10–15 mm), tip rounded to pointed, margins entire, hairy; surfaces hairy.

HABITAT: Sandy soils, dunes, arroyos, disturbed areas; desert scrub, oak shinneries, juniper-savannas, grasslands.


ELEVATION: 4,300–6,300 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CA, CO, KS, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Salt Heliotrope, H. curassavicum, inhabits much the same range but favors saline, alkaline soils, is hairless, has somewhat succulent leaves, and 3/8-inch wide (9 mm) flowers on a coiled stem tip. Fragrant Heliotrope, H. greggii, in the se fourth of NM, favors seasonally flooded areas and has hairy, narrow, linear to lance-shaped leaves.


NM COUNTIES: Eastern and western NM in sandy habitats: Bernalillo, Chaves, Cibola, Curry, Colfax, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Guadalupe, Harding, Lea, Luna, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt,  San Juan, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, Union, Valencia.

PHLOX  HELIOTROPE

HELIOTROPIUM  CONVOLVULACEUM  (EUPLOCA  CONVOLVULACEA)

Heliotorpe Family, Heliotropiaceae (Borage Family, Boraginaceae)

Annual herb

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