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Limonium humile

Limonium humile drawing

Sea lavender is the common name of this species. It's a perennial plant with woody stems. You could confuse the leaves with Aster tripolium leaves. Sea lavender leaves are not as fleshy and they possess a tiny red spike at the end. Of all the species found towards the end of our successional sequence this is the most salt tolerant. It has salt excreting glands under its epidermis. It has deep roots with aerenchyma (tissue with big air spaces) to allow oxygen to reach the deeper roots which might be in anoxic (no oxygen) mud. When it flowers (July to September) the whole marsh can become a riotous melange of mauves and purples (like Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen's bedroom).

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