Lobelia giberroa Hemsl.

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Lobelia giberroa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Lobelia giberroa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Lobelia giberroa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Lobelia giberroa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Lobelia giberroa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Lobelia intermedia Hauman
Lobelia squarrosa Baker
Lobelia ulugurensis (Engl.) R.E. & T.C.E. Fr.
Lobelia usafuensis Engl.
Lobelia volkensii Engl.
Tupa schimperi Hochst. ex A. Rich.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Robust plant, 2–9 m tall in flower, suckering from the base. Stem erect, 6–12 cm thick and woody at the base, hollow, more or less pubescent above. Rosette–leaves of unflowered plant sessile, narrowly oblanceolate to oblong–ovate, 25–90 cm long, weakly pubescent or hairless above, hairless or pubescent beneath especially on the veins; margin doubly toothed. Inflorescence dense, unbranched, 1–3 m long; bracts linear to narrowly lanceolate, 25–75 mm long. Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular to linear, flat, 10–28 mm long, entire, more or less pubescent especially on the outside. Corolla 25–35 mm long, greenish or greenish white often tinged with blue or purple, split to the base on the back, more or less pubescent on the outside at least at the apex, hairless inside; two lateral petals linear, more or less united with middle petals below; three middle petals united to form a lip with linear lobes. Capsule c. 10 mm long, 10–nerved, pubescent, crowned by the hardening calyx–lobes and with two short valves.
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Habitat: Margins of evergreen forest, often secondary forest, at stream sides and edges of bogs.
Altitude range: 1250 - 2200 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Thursday 20 September 2018
Literature:

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. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 28.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 37.

Thulin, M. (1983). Lobeliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 120 - 122. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 178 - 179.

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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 giberroa.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=213920, retrieved 12 April 2024

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