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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

Boraginaceae - The Borage Family


Annual or perennial herbs (those included here), often widely branching, with mostly alternate, simple, entire leaves and 1-sided scorpioid spikes or racemes of flowers. Flowers perfect, regular, 5-merous; calyx deeply lobed; corolla white, bluish or blue, conspicuous or not, lobed to near the middle or less, the lobes spreading, sometimes with 5 appendages (fornices) opposite the lobes, these more or less closing the throat of the corolla tube; stamens 5, epipetalous, included; pistil 2-carpellary, stigma sessile or on a short, terminal or gynobasic style, ovary superior, 4-celled, often 4-lobed. Fruit 4-lobed, splitting into 4 nutlets at maturity.

Lead Characteristic Go To
1 Leaves oblanceolate to obovate, glabrous; flowers showy, white or bluish, 5-10 mm across. Genus Heliotropium
1 Leaves linear, strigose; flowers inconspicuous, white, 1-2 mm across. Genus Plagiobothrys


39. Boraginaceae, the Borage Family
1. Heliotropium L.
1. Heliotropium curassavicum L. -- Seaside heliotrope
2. Plagiobothrys F. & M. -- Popcorn-flower
1. Plagiobothrys scouleri (H. & A.) I.M. Johnst.


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