WAVYLEAF SEA-LAVENDER

STATICE

Limonium sinuatum

Thrift Family [Plumbaginaceae]  

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status
statusZalien
flower
flower8mauve
inner
inner8purple
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8winged

16th Oct 2009, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Stands tall, about 3 feet high with a purple crown atop the stem, which is branched near the top.


16th Oct 2009, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The stems are winged, as are the long pointed leaves, reminiscent of some cacti. (Dandelion rosette at foot).


16th Oct 2009, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The flowers are long and narrow at first, mauve tipped with a purplish pink lower half. They are surrounded by a 'fuzz' of short hairy bracts.


16th Oct 2009, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flowers very much like those of Viper's Bugloss, especially with regard to the fuzziness. The stems are winged all the way from top to soil.


16th Oct 2009, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The purple frilly funnel-shaped fringe is the outer bract of the flower. The white flower itself is still un-folded within, but will have five petals.


16th Oct 2009, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
as with Thrift to which it is related, the petals number five, but are hidden by the purple bracts in photographs, not yet burst forth from within.


16th Oct 2009, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Winged stems, similar to some cacti, have a few short hairs on the edges. The wings bear some semblance to those on Broad-Leaved Everlasting Pea.


16th Oct 2009, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Birds-eye view.



Some similarities to : Viper's Bugloss in that both have purple-bodied mauve tipped narrowish flowers atop the stems in a profusion of colour and fuzziness due to longish hairs.

Slight resemblance to : Broad-Leaved Everlasting Pea in that the stems are winged on both plants.

Superficial resemblance to : some Cacti in the shape of the wings on the stems.

Unlike many Sea-Lavenders, Wavyleaf Sea-Lavender does not necessarily grow near the sea nor seem to require a source of salty water. It is much more likely to be found growing in a garden than wild in the UK, although there are several locations in the South where it does grow wild, some far inland but quite possibly on a tidal river (such as the R. Severn). Can grow on mountains too.

Sea-Lavenders have numerous hybrids, but it seems that Wavyleaf Sea-Lavender does not hybridise (or at least, there are no examples in the UK).

The flowers, if not the winged stems, bear great resemblance to other Sea-Lavenders.


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WAVYLEAF SEA-LAVENDER

STATICE

Limonium sinuatum

Thrift Family [Plumbaginaceae]  

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