Buglossoides arvensis

Buglossoides arvensis (L.) I. M. Johnst., J. Arnold Arbor. 35: 42 1954. (syn: Aegonychon arvense (L.) S.F.Gray; Buglossoides arvensis f. cyanea R. Fernandes; Buglossoides arvensis subsp. occidentalis J. do Amaral Franco; Lithospermum arvense L.; Lithospermum arvense var. punctatum Batt.; Lithospermum bicolor Bertol.; Lithospermum medium Chev.; Lithospermum minus Gilib.; Lithospermum rochelii Friv.; Lithospermum rugosum Lucé; Margarospermum arvense (L.) Decne.; Rhytispermum arvense (L.) Link; Rhytispermum medium Fourr.);   

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Lithospermum arvense (Field Gromwell, Corn Gromwell, Bastard Alkanet) is a flowering plant of the family Boraginaceae. It is also known as Buglossoides arvensis.[1]  It is native to Europe and Asia, as far north as Korea, Japan and Russia, and as far south as Afghanistan and northern Pakistan.[1] It is known in other places as an introduced species, including much of North America and Australia.[2][3] The European Union has granted the refined oil of the seed of Buglossoides arvensis novel food status and some farmers are growing it.[4]
(from Wikipedia on 31.7.16)

Botaginaceae Week: Lithospermum arvense from Pampore, Kashmir:   Lithospermum arvense L, Sp. Pl. 1: 132. 1753.
Syn: Buglossoides arvensis (Linnaeus) I. M. Johnston
Annual herb up to 30 cm tall with oblanceolate to linear leaves up to 4 cm long, rough hairy; flowers white to light blue, in terminal cymes elongating to 10 cm or more; calyx lobes erect, linear up to 6 mm long in fruit, hardened at base; corolla throat without scales but with bands of hairs; nutlets brown, finally tuberculate.
Photographed from Pampore, Kashmir.