Heliotropium elongatum is a shrub.
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
No specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, but many members of this plant family (Boraginaceae) are known to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids. These alkaloids have a cumulative effect upon the body and, unless concentrations in a plant are high, occasional use is generally completely safe. They are derived from amino acids including ornithine. Many pyrrolizidine alkaloids have pronounced hepatic toxicity, but the lungs and other organs may be affected as well. Mutagenic and carcinogenic activities of pyrrolizidine alkaloids have also been reported[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil.
The plant is antiasthmatic, astringent, diuretic and resolvent[
The roots, leaves and flowers are used as a cure for anthrax; inflammations of the anus; ulcers caused by syphilis; jaundice; affections of the liver, spleen and bladder[
The flowers are pectoral[
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