Lobelia erinus L.

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Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mount Buhwa, area close to tunnel

Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mount Buhwa, area close to tunnel

Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mount Buhwa, area close to tunnel

Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park.

Lobelia erinus

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Reserve, Stapleford

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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)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
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 in growhform, leaf shape and size and flower colour from pale bluish-grey to deep blue.
Derivation of specific name: erinus: ancient name of a plant with this habit.
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, favouring moist places, where it may form small colonies.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 10 January 2019

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.

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

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lobelia erinus
African Plant Database: Lobelia erinus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Lobelia erinus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lobelia erinus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lobelia erinus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lobelia erinus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lobelia erinus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lobelia erinus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Lobelia erinus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lobelia erinus
Ispot Southern Africa: Lobelia erinus
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, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lobelia erinus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157790, retrieved 24 June 2019

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