Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange    

 
link to manual TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993) previous taxon | next taxon
Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California

    THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER UPDATED
    AND IS MAINTAINED FOR ARCHIVAL PURPOSES ONLY
  • Up-to-date information about California vascular plants is available from the Jepson eFlora.

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]

LIMONIUM

SEA-LAVENDER, MARSH-ROSEMARY

Perennial (rarely annual); rhizome ± woody
Leaves few–several, oblanceolate to obovate, entire or lobed, generally petioled
Inflorescence: panicle, branched ± from plant base, often ending in (but ± open between) 1-sided, spike-like clusters; involucre 0, other bracts subtending individual flowers and along axes
Flower: calyx generally 5–10-ribbed; styles 5, ± free
Species in genus: ± 150 species: ± worldwide, often in saline soils
Etymology: (Greek: meadow, from habitat of many species)
Reference: [Kunkel & Sunding 1967 Cuad de Bot Mus Canar 2:9–18]

Native

L. californicum (Boiss.) A. Heller

WESTERN MARSH-ROSEMARY


Leaf: blade 5–15 cm, 1.5–6 cm wide, obovate to oblong, ± entire or wavy-margined, ± thick, leathery, base tapered; petiole generally < blade, stout, very narrowly winged
Inflorescence < 35 cm; axes glabrous, not winged
Flower: calyx tube 4–5 mm, ribs generally ± hairy, lobes ± 0.5 mm, white; corolla lobes blue, slightly > calyx
Ecology: Common. Coastal strand, salt marshes, beaches, bays
Elevation: < 50 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, Central Coast, South Coast
Distribution outside California: s Nevada, east-central Arizona, n Baja California
Synonyms: var. mexicanum (S.F. Blake) Munz
Horticultural information: WET or IRR (brackish marsh, SUN: 5, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24; also STBL.

previous taxon | next taxon
bioregional map for LIMONIUM%20californicum being generated
 


Retrieve Jepson Interchange Index to Plant Names entry for Limonium californicum
Retrieve dichotomous key for Limonium
Overlay Consortium of California Herbaria specimen data by county on this map
Show other taxa with the same California distribution | Read about bioregions | Get lists of plants in a bioregion
Return to the Jepson Interchange main page
Return to treatment index page
Glossary


University & Jepson Herbaria Home Page |
General Information | University Herbarium | Jepson Herbarium |
Visiting the Herbaria | On-line Resources | Research |
Education | Related Sites
Copyright © by the Regents of the University of California