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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 7 years ago

Very lovely!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 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 8 years ago

Wow, Karen, fantastic flower!!

KarenP 8 years ago

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

arlanda 8 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 8 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

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

craigwilliams 8 years ago

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

Hema 8 years ago

great pic!

LarsKorb 9 years ago

What a beauty

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

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

SheaEckert 9 years ago

Amazing!!!! It really is breathtaking!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

Exact exposure and clear shot..

Beautiful flower and beautiful photo.

KarenP 9 years ago

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

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Beautiful and unusual!

JulianGalvez 9 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

Spotted for Mission

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