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PLUMBAGINACEAE

LEADWORT FAMILY

Elizabeth McClintock

Annual, perennial herb, subshrub, or vine
Leaves simple, generally in a basal rosette (sometimes cauline), entire or lobed
Inflorescence: panicle, head, raceme, or cyme, generally ± scapose
Flower bisexual, radial, generally small; calyx tubular, often membranous or partly scarious, lobes 5; petals 5, nearly free to ± fused, clawed, ± twisted together; stamens 5, opposite petals, sometimes epipetalous; ovary superior, generally 5-lobed or -ribbed, chamber and ovule 1, styles 5, sometimes fused
Fruit: utricle, achene, or capsule, ± enclosed in persistent calyx
Genera in family: ± 12 genera, ± 400 species: ± worldwide, especially Medit, w&c Asia; some cultivated as ornamental (Limonium used as dried flower)
Reference: [Channell & Wood 1959 J Arnold Arbor 40:391–397]

ARMERIA

THRIFT, SEA-PINK

Perennial, rhizomed
Leaves many, often linear, entire, sessile; veins 1–7, parallel
Inflorescence: head, on unbranched, scapose peduncle; involucre sheathing, recurved, other bracts subtending individual flowers
Flower: calyx 10-ribbed; styles 5, fused at base, hairy
Species in genus: ± 35 species: Eur, Medit, w coast North America, w coast South America
Etymology: (Latin, from Old French: name for a dianthus with spheric heads)
Reference: [Porsild 1955 Natl Mus Canada Bull 135:170–174]

Native

A. maritima (Mill.) Willd. subsp. californica (Boiss.) A.E. Porsild


Leaf 6–12 cm, 1–2.5 mm wide, flat, glabrous
Inflorescence < 2 cm wide; peduncle < ± 30 cm
Flower: calyx < corolla, both generally pink; calyx tube ± hairy on ribs, lobe tips short, sharp
Ecology: Ocean bluffs, ridges, coastal strand, sand, exposed grasslands
Elevation: < 200m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast (common), Central Coast, South Coast (uncommon)
Distribution outside California: to British Columbia
Synonyms: var. c. (Boiss.) G. Lawr
Horticultural information: DRN: 4, 5, 6 &IRR: 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24.

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