8694.000 Lobelia L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs (in ours). Stems not twining. Leaves alternate. Bracteoles minute, ± linear, rarely 0. Flowers usually resupinate, zygomorphic. Corolla usually 2-lipped with upper lip 2-lobed, lower 3-lobed (rarely all petals form a single lip). (The terms 'upper' and 'lower' assume flowers are resupinate). Anthers (5) united into a tube; the two lower or all of them penicillate at tip, the two lower ones somewhat shorter than others. Ovary inferior to ± superior, 2-locular. Stigma lobes 2, surrounded by a ring of hairs. Fruit a capsule dehiscing by 2, rarely 4, apical valves; or, rarely indehiscent.

Worldwide: c. 300 species in tropical and warm areas, a few temperate.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Lobelia erinus

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

erinus L.Description, Image
laxiflora KunthDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Lobelia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Lobelia
Flora of Caprivi: Lobelia
Flora of Malawi: Lobelia
Flora of Mozambique: Lobelia
Flora of Zambia: Lobelia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lobelia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lobelia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lobelia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Lobelia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lobelia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lobelia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Lobelia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1458, retrieved 23 February 2018

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