Limonium sinuatum (L.) Mill

Notch-leaf Sea-lavender

Gard. Dict. no., edn 8, 6 (1768) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Sparsely to densely hispid perennial with erect flowering stems, 15–60 cm high, winged from near base, with 3 linear lobes at each node. Leaves in 1–several rosettes at base; lamina with 3–7 rounded lobes along each side, 3–20 cm long, 5–45 mm wide. Inflorescence of several secund spikes in a dense corymb; spikes ascending to erect, 5–12 mm long, each subtended by a broadly 3-winged branch 5–45 mm long; spikelets mostly 2-flowered, c. 4–9 per spike; outer and middle bracts subequal, lanceolate, 4–7 mm long, narrowly acuminate at apex, scarious; inner bract firm, partly green, c. 7 mm long, with 2–3 ascending spines; calyx 10–14 mm long, bright blue to purple (rarely white or pale mauve), the tube c. 7 mm long, the limb 7–9 mm diam., hardly lobed but margins more or less crenate; corolla not or only slightly longer than calyx, obscurely lobed, yellowish or pink. Capsule circumsciss near apex; seed fusiform, 3–4 mm long, dark brown. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean region. Mainly a roadside weed of dry sandy ground in warmer districts of northern Victoria, uncommon in south (e.g. Mt Wallace, Melbourne Cemetery).

Grown for ornament and cut flowers.

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, 2019-10-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Limonium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Limonium sinuatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Limonium sinuatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory