Taxon: Heliotropium europaeum L.

Genus: Heliotropium
Family: Heliotropiaceae
Nomen number: 18823
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:130. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 20-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Kingsbury; Cooper & Johnson ed2; Pammel; Everist; Der Marderosian)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Noxweed Aust)

Distributional Range:



  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal Azores, Madeira Islands; Spain Canary Islands
    • Northern Africa: Algeria ; Egypt ; Libya ; Morocco ; Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia ; Azerbaijan ; Georgia ; Russian Federation Dagestan; Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia Ciscaucasia
    • Western Asia: Cyprus ; Egypt Sinai; Israel ; Jordan ; Turkey
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Moldova ; Russian Federation-European part European part; Ukraine Krym
    • Middle Europe: Austria ; Czech Republic ; Germany ; Hungary ; Slovakia ; Switzerland
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania ; Bulgaria ; Croatia ; Greece ; Italy ; Romania ; Serbia ; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Portugal ; Spain

  • Naturalized

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China Gansu, Xinjiang
  • Northern America

    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States Illinois
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States California


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