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.

Malawi: 18 taxa.

Lobelia trullifolia subsp. trullifolia

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adnexa E. Wimm.N
baumannii Engl.N,SDescription, Image
blantyrensis E. Wimm.[NrEnd]S
erinus L.N,CDescription, Image
giberroa Hemsl.NDescription, Image
goetzei DielsNDescription, Image
inconspicua A. Rich.NDescription, Image
intercedens (E. Wimm.) ThulinN
lasiocalycina E. Wimm. N
mildbraedii Engl.NDescription, Image
molleri Henriq.N
ovina E. Wimm. N
sapinii De Wild.N
sonderiana (Kuntze) LammersCDescription, Image
stricklandiae GillilandC
trullifolia Hemsl. subsp. minor Thulin NDescription
trullifolia Hemsl. subsp. trullifolia N,C,SDescription, Image
welwitschii Engl. & DielsN,C

Other sources of information about Lobelia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Lobelia
Flora of Caprivi: Lobelia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Lobelia
Flora of Mozambique: Lobelia
Flora of Zambia: Lobelia
Flora of Zimbabwe: 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, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Lobelia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1458, retrieved 16 April 2024

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