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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Heliotropium muelleri (I.M.Johnst.) Craven
Craven, L.A. (2005) Blumea 50: 380. Type: ?.
Tournefortia muelleri I.M.Johnst., Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 16: 157(1935), Type: Queensland, Burdekin River, F. Mueller; holo: MEL?. Tournefortia mollis F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 1: 59(1858), Type: Ad ripas fluvii Burdekin, F. Mueller. Holo: MEL, iso: K. Fide Craven (2005).
Usually flowers and fruits as a compact shrub about 2-3 m tall.
Flowers attached to one side only of the inflorescence branches with all flowers aligned in the same direction. Calyx lobes with white hairs on the inner and outer surfaces. Corolla about 3-4 mm long with white hairs on the outer surface but glabrous on the inner surface. Ovary glabrous, +/- bottle-shaped. Stigma green.
Nutlets enclosed in a crusty brown hard endocarp. Fruits wider than long, about 5 x 9-10 mm.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Australia, occurs in WA, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 300 m. Grows in open forest, particularly along creeks and rivers, gallery forest, monsoon forest and vine thickets.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)