Limonium Mill., Gard. Dict. Abr., ed. 4, 2. 1754, nom. cons., sec. Kubitzki (1993b)
  • =Statice L., Sp. Pl. 1. 1753 syn. sec. ???
  • 1. Mill. 1754: Gard. Dict. Abr., ed. 4, 2



The largest genus of the family with an estimated 350 species with a preference for coastal habitats; distributed worldwide but mainly in the Mediterranean region.
Afrolimon was shown to be nested in Limonium and related to L. vulgare, the type of Limonium (Lledó & al. 2005). Limonium is divided into two major clades corresponding to subgenera, but otherwise the current infrageneric classification proved to be artificial (Lledó & al. 2005). Akhani & al. (2013) studied the Irano-Turanian taxa of Limonium. They state that segregation of Eremolimon is not supported by morphology or molecular data (Akhani & al. 2013). Evolutionary studies of this group are complicated by hybridization, many microspecies and apomictic taxa.