Bot. Notiser 133: 282 (1980) APNI
Glabrous perennial with erect flowering stems, 10–25 cm high. Leaves in 1–several rosettes at base, sometimes forming dense mounds, lamina broadly spathulate, 15–45 mm long, 7–17 mm wide, tapered abruptly to narrowed base, apex rounded or truncate. Inflorescence ovate to corymbose, with branches mostly simple, more or less distichous, ascending from the flexuose main axis; spikelets mostly 2(occasionally 3)-flowered, more or less evenly arranged along the the distal 2–6 cm of branches; outer and middle bract broadly ovate to obovate, scarious, both c. 2 mm long, inner bract elliptic, thickened but with membranous margins, c. 5 mm long; calyx c. 5 mm long, the tube c. 3 mm long, with short inclined hairs in the lower part, the limb c. 3 mm diam., pinkish fading to white, the brownish midribs extending to within 0.5–1 mm from the obtuse lobes; corolla lobes broadly emarginate, bright pink. Capsule 5-angled toward apex, irregularly dehiscent. Seed fusiform, c. 2 mm long, reddish-brown. Flowers mainly Mar.–Aug.
*GipP, *MSB, *WaP. Also naturalised SA. Native to Sicily. In Victoria, known only from coastal saltmarsh on basaltic clay at Port Fairy but probably more widespread (as along the South Australian coast where also occurring on limestone).
Very similar to L. companyonis which, as well as features given in key, has relatively narrower, more gradually tapered leaves, a more slender, less branched rootstock, and, on present knowledge, is a non-maritime species in Victoria.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|