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Limonium carolinianum (Walter) Britton. Carolina Sea-lavender, Seaside Thrift, Inkroot, Marsh Rosemary. Phen: Aug-Oct. Hab: Tidal marshes, especially in hypersaline flats. Dist: Along the coast from NL (Labrador) south to s. FL, west to s. TX and ne. Mexico.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Various treatments recognize from 1 to 4 taxa in our area. The most recent monographer of the genus in our region, Luteyn (1976), recognized only a polymorphic L. carolinianum – a treatment followed by most flora authors since. Although Godfrey & Wooten (1981) followed Luteyn's treatment, they stated "we are not at all confident that Luteyn's treatment is a reasonable one." Modern study is needed.

Other Comments: The flowering stems of this species have sometimes been gathered in large quantities for dried floral arrangements. Herbalists gather the roots in winter to brew a tea as a remedy for colds, fever, and diarrhea.

Synonymy: = C, Fl4, FNA5, GW2, K1, K3, K4, NE, NY, Va, WH3, Luteyn (1976); > Limonium angustatum (A.Gray) Small – S; > Limonium carolinianum (Walter) Britton – F, S; > Limonium carolinianum (Walter) Britton var. angustatum (A.Gray) Blake – G; > Limonium carolinianum (Walter) Britton var. carolinianum – G, RAB; > Limonium carolinianum (Walter) Britton var. obtusilobum (Blake) H.E.Ahles – RAB; > Limonium nashii Small – F, S; > Limonium nashii Small var. angustatum (A.Gray) H.E.Ahles – RAB, Tx; > Limonium nashii Small var. nashii – G, RAB, Tx; > Limonium obtusilobum Blake – S

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