Name: Turnsole

Scientific name: Heliotropium bacciferum

Type: Shrub

Color: Green,White

Habitat: Coastal Areas,Sandy Areas

Nature Reserves: Irkaya

Size: 20 cm

Conservation status:



Growth form: Shrub. Flowering. Mar–Apr. Status: Native. Very common. Also recorded: Bahrain, Kuwait, E Saudi Arabia, UAE. Habitat & distribution: Frequent to abundant or sometimes dominant in sandy, often compacted soils, including coastal beach sand. Also in disturbed areas by roadsides and around towns and villages. Uses: Dried powdered leaves are used as a poultice for abscesses, boils, sprains and swellings (Rizk & El-Ghazaly). Also used for treating ulcers, mouth blisters and snake bites (Ghazanfar).