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