Limonium lobatum (L.f.) Kuntze

Winged Sea-lavender

Reins. Gen. Pl. 1: 395 (1891) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with erect flowering stems, 10–50 cm high, winged in the upper half, with a triangular lobe at each node. Leaves rosetted at base, with 3–7 rounded lobes along each side, 2–18 cm long, 6–35 mm wide, wholly glabrous or the margins and major veins ciliate. Inflorescence often more or less flat-topped; spikes spreading, 8–15 mm long, each subtended by a broadly 3-winged branch 1–3 cm long; spikelets 1- or 2-flowered, c. 5–9 per spike; outer and middle bract ovate, scarious, c. 2 mm and 4 mm long respectively, inner bract firm, green, c. 6 mm long, with 2 strong, recurved apical spines; calyx 8–11 mm long, pale blue, the tube c. 5 mm long, the limb c. 9 mm diam., the brownish midribs exserted, alternating with broader membranous lobes; corolla with shallow, truncate lobes, shortly exceeding calyx, cream to yellow. Capsule circumsciss near apex; seed flattened-fusiform, 4–5 mm long, brown. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

*Gold, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *RobP, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. Native to the Mediterranean region. Occasional, or sometimes locally abundant, in the northwest of the State, particularly in the Ouyen-Hattah area. Usually occurring in slight depressions or fringing lakes.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Plumbaginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Limonium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Limonium lobatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Limonium lobatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales