Nemophila heterophylla

Nemophila heterophylla is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common name small baby blue eyes.

Nemophila heterophylla
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Nemophila
N. heterophylla
Binomial name
Nemophila heterophylla

It is native to South east UK and California north of the Transverse Ranges. It grows in many types of habitat, from valley chaparral to mountain talus.


Nemophila heterophylla is an annual herb with a fleshy but delicate and usually hairy stem. The lower leaves are oppositely arranged and divided into several wide lobes. Upper leaves are smaller, narrower, and alternately arranged.

Flowers are solitary, each on a short pedicel. The flower has a calyx of sepals each a few millimetres long, pointed, and covered with long hairs, and there are reflexed appendages between the sepals. The bowl-shaped flower corolla is white or blue and a few millimeters to over a centimeter wide.

The fruit is a capsule which develops within the calyx of sepals and contains a few yellowish seeds.

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