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Salt Heliotrope

Heliotropium curassavicum

Description:

This small white flower was in bloom in a low lying area, just off the trail, at Batiquitos Lagoon (salt marsh type of area), Carlsbad, CA.



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19 Comments

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 5 years ago

Very lovely!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Beautiful ! - you can tell from your photos that the leaves are slightly thicker than normal-comes from growing in saltmarsh, I guess. Thanks for sharing this, Karen.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

Wow, Karen, fantastic flower!!

KarenP
KarenP 6 years ago

Thanks for the kind comment. I love this plant. So tiny, yet so beautiful.

arlanda
arlanda 6 years ago

Nice spot, lots of mathematics here. The inflorescence presents tetragonal (4-fold) symmetry but each individual flower has 5-fold symmetry (pentagonal). Very curious!

Kittycat22
Kittycat22 6 years ago

Cool!!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Yes Emma... This should be SOTD.. !!
Really great spotting...!!

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 6 years ago

What a gorgeous plant! Never seen four scorpioid cymes at right angles like that before.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

great pic!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 7 years ago

What a beauty

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Yes you can call it small wonder though....

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 7 years ago

Amazing!!!! It really is breathtaking!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Yes..your experience is important. Very few able to catch the real beauty of negligible weeds...Your efforts are appreciable.. This is real spotting..!!

KarenP
KarenP 7 years ago

Thanks so much. This plant was pretty low to the ground, so it was a balancing act to take the photo over the rope along the trail and remain standing. My patience to get just the right angle paid off. :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Exact exposure and clear shot..

Beautiful flower and beautiful photo.

KarenP
KarenP 7 years ago

Thanks everyone, for your kind comments and the ID. I've updated the ID of this plant.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Beautiful and unusual!

JulianGalvez
JulianGalvez 7 years ago

That form of inflorescence is called the scorpioid cyme and is common among Heliotropes. Please check for any resemblance to Heliotropium curassavicum. :D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliotropiu...

That picture is just wow, nonetheless.

Carlsbad, California, USA

Lat: 33.09, Long: -117.29

Spotted on May 28, 2011
Submitted on Jun 2, 2011

Spotted for mission

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