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Heliotropium curassavicum Linnaeus var. curassavicum . Seaside Heliotrope, Quailplant, Cola de Mico. Phen: Apr-Sep (-Mar). Hab: Edges of brackish and salt marshes, estuarine shores. Dist: Var. curassavicum ranges from DE (and farther north as an introduction) south to the New World tropics. Considered by some authors to be introduced and naturalized in our area.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Other varieties occur inland in the w. United States.

Synonymy: = C, GrPl, K1, K3, K4, NE, Tx, Va, Al-Shehbaz (1991); = Heliotropium curassavicum L. – F, G, Il, Meso4.2, Ward & Fantz (1977); = Heliotropium curassavicum L. ssp. curassavicum; < Heliotropium curassavicum L. – Ar, Bah, Fl5, GW2, Mex, NcTx, RAB, S, SFla, Tat, WH3

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL (name change)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL (name change)
  • Great Plains: OBL (name change)
  • Midwest: OBL (name change)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: OBL (name change)

Heliophily: 9

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