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4. Limonium perezii (Stapf) F. T. Hubbard, Rhodora. 18: 158. 1916.

Statice perezii Stapf, Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 22: 116. 1908

Leaves all in basal rosettes, living at anthesis, to 30 cm; petiole winged distally, to 18 cm, usually exceeding blade; blade round to broadly ovate or subcordate, to 15 × 9 cm, leathery, base subtruncate (abruptly narrowed) and then decurrent, margins entire, apex cuspidate, cusp to 5 mm, soon falling; main lateral veins pinnate. Inflorescences: axes not winged, to 100 cm × 7 mm, glabrous to puberulent (hairs ca. 0.1 mm); nonflowering branches absent; spikelets moderately to densely aggregated at tips of branches, internodes mostly 2-4 mm; subtending bracts 3-6 mm, acute or aristate (outer) to truncate (inner), ciliate or fimbriate at margins, surfaces glabrous or minutely appressed-pubescent; flowers 1-2 per spikelet. Flowers: calyx blue-purple in distal 1/ 2, with reddish brown, glabrous ribs, funnelform; tube ca. 5 mm, minutely pubescent along proximal end of ribs (hairs less than 0.1 mm); lobes spreading, ca. 5 mm (5 main lobes with shallower lobes between larger lobes), or lobes indistinct and calyx appearing erose or irregularly lobed at mouth; petals whitish, barely exceeding calyx. Utricles 4-5 mm. 2n = 14.

Flowering Mar-Sep. Disturbed coastal areas, cliffs, sand dunes, roadsides (where it is sometimes planted); 0-100 m; introduced; Calif.; Atlantic Islands (Canary Islands).


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