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)
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.
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:
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

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).

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

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 Mozambique: Lobelia erinus
Flora of Zambia: Lobelia erinus
Flora of Zimbabwe: 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
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lobelia erinus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lobelia erinus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lobelia erinus
JSTOR Plant Science: Lobelia erinus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lobelia erinus
Plants of the World Online: Lobelia erinus
Tropicos: Lobelia erinus
Wikipedia: Lobelia erinus

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: Species information: Lobelia erinus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157790, retrieved 16 July 2024

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