Lobelia erinus L.

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Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Bunga Forest, Vumba

Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

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Synonyms: Lobelia filiformis Lam.
Lobelia jugosa S. Moore
Lobelia nuda Hemsl.
Lobelia polyodon E. Wimm.
Lobelia wildii E. Wimm.
Common names: Edging blue lobelia (English)
Description: Decumbent or erect annual or sometimes perennial herb. Leaves oblanceolate to spathulate below, linear to narrowly elliptic towards the top of the stems, 15 - 80 mm long, hairless or pubescent on both surfaces, leaf base running down into a narrowly winged petiole; margin more or less coarsely toothed or scalloped. Flowers in lax racemes, pale to deep blue, rarely mauve or white. See L. kirkii for comparison.
Notes: A very variable species, which I (BW) have seen varying from a very faded blue grey to a very deep blue.
Derivation of specific name: erinus: ancient name of a plant with this habit.
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa.
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Image last updated: Monday 16 February 2009
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 39. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 342. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 80.

Thulin, M. (1983). Lobeliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 123 - 125.

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Flora of Botswana: Lobelia erinus
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Lobelia erinus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lobelia erinus
African Plant Database: Lobelia erinus
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lobelia erinus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Lobelia erinus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lobelia erinus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lobelia erinus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lobelia erinus
Tropicos: Lobelia erinus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Lobelia erinus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=157790, retrieved 19 November 2017

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