Common name: Chinese Parsley, Heliotrope
Latin name: Heliotropium curassavicum
Height: 4-24 inches
Description: The stem is prostrate to weakly ascending, 1–6 dm, fleshy, without hairs. The flowers grows in spikes 2–4, at the tip of the inflorescence and is coiled in flower
Leaf: The 1–6 cm leaf has a short tapered sharp to blunt tip, is thick and juicy (succulent) and without hairs.
Range: Desert Mountains, Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert, California
Habitat: Moist to dry, saline soils
Elevation: < 2100 m.
Flowering time: Mar–Oct
Notes: Heliotropium curassavicum, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. This photo was taken in the salt flats near Newberry Springs, San Bernardino County, on California April 6, 2007.
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