8694.000 Lobelia L.

Clarke, H. & Charters, M. (ed. Moll, E.) (2016) The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names Jacana Media, South Africa

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.

Derivation of name: after Mathias de L'Obel (Lobelius) (1538-1616), Flemish botanist, traveller and plant collector. (Clarke, Charters & Moll-Ed., 202, 2016).

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

Zimbabwe: 17 taxa.

Lobelia erinus

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adnexa E. Wimm.N
baumannii Engl.EDescription, Image
chireensis A. Rich.W
cobaltica S. Moore[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
erinus L.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
fervens Thunb. subsp. fervens EDescription, Image
fervens Thunb. subsp. recurvata (E. Wimm.) ThulinS
flaccida (C. Presl) A. DC. subsp. mossiana (R.D. Good) ThulinE,S
goetzei DielsC,EDescription, Image
intercedens (E. Wimm.) ThulinN
kirkii R.E. Fr.W,SDescription, Image
lobata E. Wimm.[End][VU]W
molleri Henriq.E
sonderiana (Kuntze) LammersN,W,CDescription, Image
stricklandiae Gilliland[VU]E
thermalis Thunb.W,C,S
welwitschii Engl. & DielsC,E,S

Other sources of information about Lobelia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lobelia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lobelia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lobelia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lobelia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Lobelia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lobelia
JSTOR Plant Science: Lobelia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lobelia
Plants of the World Online: Lobelia
Tropicos: Lobelia
Wikipedia: Lobelia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Lobelia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1458, retrieved 5 March 2024

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