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6. Limonium otolepis (Schrenk) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 396. 1891.

Statice otolepis Schrenk, Bull. Cl. Phys.-Math. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg 1: 362. 1843

Leaves in basal rosettes and on inflorescence axes, leaves in rosettes dead before anthesis; petiole 3-8 cm, ± equaling blade; blade obovate to oblong, 3-8 × 1.5-3 cm, base tapered, margins ± entire, apex unknown, venation not seen; leaves on inflorescence axes sessile, clasping stems, blade ± round, less than 3 cm. Inflorescences: axes not winged, sometimes angled, 40-80+ cm × 2-3 mm, glabrous; nonflowering branches present, especially in proximal part, slender; spikelets densely aggregated at branch tips, internodes 1-2 mm; subtending bracts whitish, 1-2 mm, truncate, surfaces and margins glabrous; flowers 1-2(-3) per spikelet. Flowers: calyx whitish distally, with reddish brown ribs, obconic, proximal 2 pilose between and on ribs (hairs 0.2-0.4 mm); tube ± 1.5-2 mm; lobes 0.5-0.7 × 0.5-0.7 mm; petals blue to whitish, ca. 0.5 mm, exceeding tube. Utricles 1-2 mm. 2n = 18.

Flowering Sep-Feb. Disturbed coastal and urban areas, especially salt marshes, roadsides; 0-100 m; introduced; Calif.; w, c Asia.

The name Limonium perfoliatum (Karelin ex Boissier) Kuntze, usually now treated as a synonym of L. reniforme (Girard) Linczevski, was misapplied to this species by J. T. Howell et al. (1958) and P. A. Munz (1968).


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