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Limonium papillatum-Isolote de Lobos, Fuerteventura

Observed: 14th October 2012 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Description:

A rather special thrift(or Sea Lavender) growing on the Isolete de Lobos which is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Fuerteventura.
Rather confusingly the Spanish common name for thrifts/Sea Lavenders is Sempervivum!
This is a Canarian Endemic and is highly protected.

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Siempreviva (Limonium papillatum)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Chalkie's picture

Thrift?

Very pretty flower. I'd have called it a Sea Lavender, (or maybe Statice) rather than a thrift? Though looking it up made me realise that I didn't know, or had forgotten, that both Limonium and Armeria are in the same family. I suppose I don't see either of them very often.

Definitely not what I think of as a sempervivum though! (And I don't think of Sempervivums as Everlasting flowers either, even though they mean the same thing really.)

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Thrifts/Sea Lavender

Whoops, you are absolutely right Di, I think I must have been having a funny five minutes, my only excuse is that in the flora I was using Limoniums and Armeria are lumped under the general heading of Thrifts, sadly I can't change it on the id it but I have made some attempt to rectify it in my description.
It was amazing to see Sea Lavender type flowers emerge from such succulent, zig zaggy stems so this was a totally new species for me!

David J Trevan

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Leaves

Yes, the leaves look more like some sort of cypressy-thing!