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Heliotropium amplexicaule  Vahl
Clasping heliotrope
Heliotropium amplexicaule is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
There is a high risk of this plant becoming invasive in California according to Cal-IPC.
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~31 records in California
redone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Heliotropium
Family: Heliotropiaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Toxicity: Do not eat any part of this plant.
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSCochranea anchusifolia
PLANTSHeliotropium anchusifolium
Information about  Heliotropium amplexicaule from other sources

[gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org] South America native, invasiveness: Clasping heliotrope is an invasive weed originating in South America, and present in the southeast United States plus Texas and California. It is not often seen in New England, having been collected only in Massachusetts in disturbed areas and gardens. This plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental, and is considered a serious weed in some parts of the world, as it invades pastureland and is highly poisonous to cattle. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).