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Salt Heliotrope

Heliotropium curassavicum


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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YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Very lovely!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 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 11 years ago

Wow, Karen, fantastic flower!!

KarenP 11 years ago

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

arlanda 12 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 12 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

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

craigwilliams 12 years ago

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

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

great pic!

LarsKorb 12 years ago

What a beauty

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

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

SheaEckert 12 years ago

Amazing!!!! It really is breathtaking!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 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 12 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 12 years ago

Exact exposure and clear shot..

Beautiful flower and beautiful photo.

KarenP 12 years ago

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

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Beautiful and unusual!

JulianGalvez 12 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

That picture is just wow, nonetheless.

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Carlsbad, California, USA

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

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