Lobelia kirkii R.E. Fr.

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Lobelia kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls

Lobelia kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls

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Status: Native
Description:
Annual or short-lived perennial herb. This species is closely related and very similar to the L. erinus L. In fact, the distinctions, based on differences in size of leaves, pedicels, calyx lobes and stamens, are rather unconvincing, to say the least. All given size ranges overlap and specimens from the same area, said to belong to L. erinus are also present at SRGH, looking very much the same. All in all this species could well be a slightly more succulent form of L. erinus, adapted to wet places.
Notes: In Zimbabwe and Zambia it is apparently restricted to wet shallow soils within the spray zone of the Victoria Falls. Only one specimen is known from elsewhere in Zimbabwe, Hutchinson & Gillett 3333, July 1, 1930, Great Zimbabwe Ruins (K). The identity of this specimen would require further confirmation.
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
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Altitude range: (metres) 900 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Angola (?), Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Images last updated: Monday 16 February 2009
Literature:

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 46. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lobelia kirkii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157850, retrieved 29 June 2016

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