Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
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.
||Leaves oblanceolate to obovate, glabrous; flowers
showy, white or bluish, 5-10 mm across.
||Leaves linear, strigose; flowers inconspicuous,
white, 1-2 mm across.
39. Boraginaceae, the Borage Family
1. Heliotropium L.
2. Plagiobothrys F. & M. -- Popcorn-flower
- 1. Heliotropium curassavicum L. --
- 1. Plagiobothrys scouleri (H. & A.)
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