Common name: Sicilian Sea Lavender
Limonium hyblaeum Brullo APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 25 cm high, producing numerous small rosettes, often forming a hemispherical cushion or extensive mat.
Leaves densely clustered in basal rosettes, broad-spathulate, tapered at the base and rounded or obtuse at the apex, glabrous, 2–3.5 cm long, 7–16 mm broad.
Flowering stems not winged. Calyx 4.5–5.5 mm long, pink, tube hairy at the base, lobes at least half as long as the tube, spreading to recurved in fruit. Corolla funnel-shaped with the recurved lobes more or less truncate, pink to violet.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised near Lake Cargelligo and Gosford; much more common along the coast of Vic and South Australia, also in Western Australia.
In saline or brackish habitats; in salt marsh and on rocky sea cliffs in other States.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A. *W.A.
Cultivated horticulturally but it has the potential to be a major invasive weed in coastal and potentially other exposed saline/brackish habitats.
Text by L Murray (Nov 2013); edited KL Wilson (Dec 2013)
Taxon concept: RF Parsons (2013) Limonium hyblaeum (Plumbaginaceae), a cushion plant invading coastal southern Australia. Cunninghamia 13: 267-274. doi: 10.7751cunninghamia.2013.004; Electronic Flora of South Australia fact sheet online at http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/cgi-bin/speciesfacts_display.cgi?genus=Limonium&species=hyblaeum
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