This is the second time Heliotropium foertherianum has made an appearance on Botany Photo of the Day. David Eickhoff’s image of the seaside plant in habitat caught my attention, as discussions are ongoing about possibly returning to Hawai’i early next year.
Lindsay wrote about the name, habitat, and distribution of octopus tree in the previous entry, while David has added some ethnobotanical uses as information with his images (e.g., see his photo of the bark).
To their accounts, I’ll add that the redefined Heliotropium consists of about three hundred species in tropical and temperate regions of the world. Life form types within the genus range from small trees to lianas (woody vines) to herbaceous perennials. Several are cultivated ornamentals, while other species are sometimes considered weeds.