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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary...Abridged...fourth edition vol. 2. 1754. (Gard. Dict. Abr. (ed. 4)) Name publication detail


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General/Distribution: The genus contains about 300 species of salt steppe maritimes and mountainous regions, distributed through all parts of the world, but especially numerous in Eurasia. There are only 4 native species on record from W. Pakistan.


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Perennial or rarely annual herbs or shrubs. Caudex usually short, more or less woody, branched, rarely long and strongly branched with ligneous branches. Leaves usually in basal rosettes, sometimes in fascicular rosettes on the scape branches, very rarely present in numerous dense facsicles along the ligneous branches. Spikelets aggregated into spikes of varying length and compactness, terminating the branches of the inflorescence. Calyx funnel-shaped, obconical to nearly tubular, more or less scarious, straight or oblique in the lower region; limb 5-lobed; nerves thick usually terminating below the margin, very rarely excurrent. Corolla 1.5 times as long as the calyx; petals distinct, slightly connate at the base. Stamens free, adnate at the very bases to the petals. Ovary subovoid, style distinct from ovary; styles five, quite free at the base; stigmas cylindrically filiform.

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1 Leaves entire; scape branches more or less terete (2)
+ Leaves pinnatifid to pinnatisect; scapes broadly winged Limonium sinuatum
2 (1) Leaves on ligneous branches, up to 2.5 cm long
+ Leaves in basal rosettes, more than 3 cm long (3)
3 (2) Spikelets usually more than 3-flowered, occurring in clusters along the scape branches (4)
+ Spikelits usually 1-2-flowered, scattered along the scape branches Limonium cabulicum
4 (3) Spikelets 3-4-flowered; petals bifid
+ Spikelets 5-6-flowered; petals not bifid
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