Limonium catanense (Tineo ex Lojac.) Brullo

Catania Sea-Lavender (Limonium catanense)

The Catania Sea-Lavender was restricted to the coastal cliffs near the city of Catania on the island of Sicily.

The species is now considered extinct. [1]

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The photo below shows a congeneric taxon, the Wavyleaf Sea-Lavender (Limonius sinuatum (L.) Mill.), a species that also occurs on the island of Sicily.

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Wavyleaf Sea-Lavender (Limonius sinuatum)

Photo: Marcello Manara
https://www.inaturalist.org/people/marcellomanara
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References: 

[1] Thomas Abeli; Giulia Albani Rocchetti; Zoltan Barina; Ioannis Bazos; David Draper; Patrick Grillas; José María Iriondo; Emilio Laguna; Juan Carlos Moreno-Saiz; Fabrizio Bartolucci: Seventeen ‘extinct’ plant species back to conservation attention in Europe. Nature Plants 7: 282-286. 2021

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edited: 18.02.2024