Limonium sinuatum (L.) Miller
Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family)
Rough-hairy perennial or biennial; lvs. basal, lyrate-pinnatifid with rounded
lobes and sinuses, the terminal lobes bearing a bristle, the blades 3-12 cm.
long, short-petioled; scapes corymbosely panicled, 1.5-4 dm. high, winged, the
wings ending in foliose lance-linear appendages 1-4 cm. long; calyx blue to
white, funnelform, ca. 1 cm. long; petals yellowish-white.
Beaches and coastal marshes, San Diego and Los Angeles cos. and farther
My observations are that this plant blooms earlier than stated in Munz.
See L. californicum for origin
of genus name. Latin, sinuose, intricately to bend. (Jaeger
239). Probably referring to
the pinnate leaf margins.
Found only in Big Canyon where it probably was introduced when the fresh
water pond was created in 1984; a considerable colony exits there.
Earth from the marsh basin was hydromulched or seeded in some manner with
various species of Atriplex, Encelia and one non-native
Atriplex that was finally identified in 2003.
(my comments). Delfina Cuero, a Kumeyaay or
Southern Diegueno Indian, made the following comments about Limonium
sinuatum, in her autobiography: "We
boil the leaves for a tea to take for diarrhea.
Generally we saw the one with blue flowers instead of white like
this." (Shipek 92).
About 150 species, worldwide, often in saline soils.
(Hickman, Ed. 822).
Bailey 787; Hickman, Ed. 822; Munz, Flora
So. Calif. 637; Roberts 32.
Mar 4 85 # 21; April-May 85 # 11; May 1 87 # 10.
Identity: by R. De Ruff, confirmed by F. Roberts.
First Found: March 1985.
Computer Ref: Plant Data 249.
Have plant specimen.
Last edit 11/26/04.
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