Desert Sea Lavender
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Desert Sea Lavender
P Native Photo: Sarman Ratiya
Common name: Desert Sea Lavender, Desert Statice • Gujarati: ચિત્રક Chitrak • Kutchi: ખારીઆઝો ઝાડ Khariajho jhaad
Botanical name: Limonium stocksii    Family: Plumbaginaceae (Plumbago family)
Synonyms: Statice stocksii

Desert Sea Lavender is a perennial shrub with stem woody, branched, current year branches leafy, older branches without leaves. Flowers are rose-purple, with petals longer than the sepal-cup, entire or notched, anthers long protruding. Sepal-cup is nearly without limb, almost-flat, densely hairy on the ribs. Flowering stems are somewhat angular, dividing into a second panicle. Flowers are borne in 2-3-flowered spikelets arranged in small fascicles. Bracts are herbaceous, reddish; outer and middle bracts ovate, nearly equal, inner bract oblong, 3 times as long as the outer bract. Leaves are oblong-spoon-shaped, attenuating into a very short leaf-stalk, blunt, fleshy, hairless. Desert Sea Lavender is found in Arabian Peninsula, S. Iran to Pakistan and Gujarat, in desert areas and sea coasts. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Sarman Ratiya Photographed in Gandhvi, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gujarat.

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