Lobelia goetzei Diels

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Lobelia goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Lobelia goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Mawenje lodge and turn-off to National Parks office, Chimanimani

Lobelia goetzei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Frequency: Common in high rainfall areas
Status: Native
Annual or perennial herb, ± erect or ascending, to 70 cm. Leaves oblanceolate to obovate or elliptic; margin crenate-serrate. Flowers in lax 3-10-flowered pedunculate racemes. Corolla 8-13 mm, pink, mauve, purple or rarely white, with two longitudinal yellowish crests in the mouth of the tube. All anthers penicillate at apex. Capsule 2-3.5 mm, 2-valved.
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: named after Walther Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist and photographer, who collected both flora and fauna in Tanzania.
Habitat: In grassland, on rocky hillsides or at forest margins, often on disturbed ground.
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 February 2014

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 196.

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

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. Under Lobeliaceae

Thulin, M. (1983). Lobeliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 138 - 139.

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

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Flora of Malawi: Lobelia goetzei
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lobelia goetzei
African Plant Database: Lobelia goetzei
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JSTOR Plant Science: Lobelia goetzei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lobelia goetzei
Plants of the World Online: Lobelia goetzei
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Wikipedia: Lobelia goetzei

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 goetzei.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157830, retrieved 26 May 2024

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