Single flower stem
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Other Small Plants|
|Species:||Heliotrope (Heliotropium europaeum)|
|This Photo:||Fruit, seed pod, seeded|
|Other name:||Common Heliotrope & Potato Weed|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
It flourishes in wet summers here in SA, but also grows in drier seasons; with the seeds geminating after warm weather & rain (eg late spring).
It is a toxic plant (attacking the liver) and kills livestock (sheep & cattle), possibly taking years after grazzing on this weed for symptoms & death to occur. Some research suggests it also causes problems in Wombats.
Considered an introduced weed for a long time, it is currently considered native.