Lobelia cobaltica S. Moore

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Lobelia cobaltica

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani

Lobelia cobaltica

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani

Lobelia cobaltica

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani

Lobelia cobaltica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani Mts National Park.

Lobelia cobaltica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Red Wall Cave, Chimanimani National Park

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Synonyms: Lobelia longipilosa E. Wimmer
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Decumbent annual or sometimes short-lived perennial herb. Stems several, up to 60 cm high, ribbed, densely hairy. Leaves very broadly ovate or deltoid, up to 2 × 2,5 cm, hairy on both surfaces; venation distinct beneath; margin coarsely toothed or scalloped; petiole up to 1 cm long, rarely longer, narrowly winged. Flowers in lax 2-5-flowered racemes on long peduncles. Calys with very slender lobes up to 7 mm long, hairy. Corolla 17-23 mm long, deep blue with 2 whitish crests in the mouth of the tube.
Derivation of specific name: cobaltica: cobalt-blue.
Habitat: In shade and shelter of quartzite rock.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Chimanimani Mts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Thursday 12 March 2020

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 80.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 82.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 174.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 64.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 143.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 58.

Thulin, M. (1983). Lobeliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 140 - 141.

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Pages 150 - 151.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lobelia cobaltica
African Plant Database: Lobelia cobaltica
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lobelia cobaltica
Plants of the World Online: Lobelia cobaltica
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Wikipedia: Lobelia cobaltica

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: Species information: Lobelia cobaltica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157780, retrieved 21 April 2024

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