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Higher Taxonomy
Family: PlumbaginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub [vine]. Leaf: simple, generally in basal rosette (cauline), entire or lobed. Inflorescence: raceme, cyme, or panicle (head-like in Armeria), generally scapose. Flower: bisexual, radial, generally small; calyx tubular, generally membranous or partly scarious, lobes 5, persistent; petals 5, +- free to +- fused, clawed, +- intertwined; stamens 5, opposite petals, occasionally epipetalous; ovary superior, generally 5-lobed or -ribbed, chamber and ovule 1, styles 5, occasionally fused. Fruit: utricle, achene, or capsule, +- enclosed in calyx.
Genera In Family: 27 genera, +- 1000 species: +- worldwide, especially Mediterranean, western and central Asia. Note: Some cultivated as ornamental (Limonium used as dried flower).
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Elizabeth McClintock
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Habit: Perennial herb, rhizomed. Leaf: many, sessile, linear [to lanceolate], entire; veins 1--7, parallel. Inflorescence: head-like, on unbranched, scapose peduncle; involucre sheathing, recurved; bracts subtending individual flowers. Flower: calyx 10-ribbed; styles fused at base, hairy.
Species In Genus: +- 50 species: North America, Europe, Mediterranean, southern South America. Etymology: (Latin, from Old French: name for a dianthus with spheric heads)
Jepson eFlora Author: Robert E. Preston & Elizabeth McClintock
Reference: Fuertes Aguilar & Nieto Feliner 2003 Molec Phylogen Evol 28:430--447
Unabridged Reference: Lefebre & Vekemans 1995 Canad J Bot 73:1583--1595; Porsild 1955 Natl Mus Canada Bull 135:170--174
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Elizabeth McClintock 2012, Armeria, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=10756, accessed on October 22, 2020.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2020, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 22, 2020.