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Useful Tropical Plants

Heliotropium ramosissimum

(Lehm.) DC.

Boraginaceae


This species has often been confused with Heliotropium bacciferum Forssk.[
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+ Synonyms

Heliophytum kotschyi Bunge

Heliotropium affghanum Boiss.

Heliotropium bacciferum auct.

Heliotropium bacciferum crispum (Desf.) Maire

Heliotropium bacciferum maroccanum (Lehm.) Ball

Heliotropium bacciferum ramosissimum (Lehm.) Sauvage & Vindt

Heliotropium bacciferum tuberculosum (Boiss.) Kazmi

Heliotropium bacciferum tuberculosum (Boiss.) Riedl

Heliotropium balansae Riedl

Heliotropium crispum Desf.

Heliotropium fartakense O.Schwartz

Heliotropium kotschyi (Bunge) G├╝rke

Heliotropium maroccanum Lehm.

Heliotropium persicum Lam.

Heliotropium persicum erosulum Parsa

Heliotropium sarothroclados Bornm.

Heliotropium suffruticescens Pomel

Heliotropium tuberculosum (Boiss.) Boiss.

Heliotropium turcomanicum Popov & Korovin

Heliotropium undulatum crispum (Desf.) Maire

Heliotropium undulatum maroccanum (Lehm.) Ball

Heliotropium undulatum monodianum Maire

Heliotropium undulatum persicum (Lam.) Maire

Heliotropium undulatum ramosissimum Lehm.

Heliotropium undulatum suffrutiscescens (Pomel) Maire

Heliotropium undulatum tuberculosum Boiss.

Common Name:

Heliotropium ramosissimum
Flowering plant in Parque Botanico de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
Photograph by: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz
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Heliotropium ramosissimum Heliotropium ramosissimum

General Information

Heliotropium ramosissimum is an ascending or procumbent, herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 50cm tall. The stem is much branched from a woody base[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and ink.

Known Hazards

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[
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Botanical References


Range

Africa - throughout N. Africa, south to Senegal, northern Nigera and Sudan, through the Arabian Peninsula to Afghanistan.

Habitat

Sandy wadis, on calcareous ridges, sometimes abundant in poor pastures[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
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HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of drier regions, found mainly in the subtropics but also moving into the drier tropical areas.

The plant has been introduced in parts of the United States, and is considered a weed there[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The dried and powdered plant is added to water and drunk to combat fatigue[
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Leaf sap is applied to burns[
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Other Uses

A macerate of the plant is used as ink[
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Propagation

Seed -
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Comments

Dr.ahmed saied hafez 15th January 2015 4:22
dear sir/madam
i am a lecturer of veterinary pharmacology aswan university and i would like to make a researchs about this plant specially in camel which is a vailable to me to do this researches
best regards

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