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Lobelia anceps L.f. APNI*
Synonyms: Lobelia alata Labill. APNI*
Description: Ascending to procumbent herb, glabrous; branches sometimes rooting at nodes, to 50 cm long, angled or ± winged by decurrent leaf bases, often reddish or purplish.
Leaves oblanceolate to linear-elliptic or rarely ± spathulate, 2–8 cm long, 2–20 mm wide, margins undulate and ± toothed; basal leaves petiolate.
Flowers solitary in axils of ± leaf-like bracts; pedicels 2–12 mm long. Calyx lobes 1–2 mm long. Corolla usually 5–10 mm long, blue to ± white; upper 2 lobes narrower. Upper anthers bearded, lower pair shortly hairy. Ovary 3–4 mm long.
Capsule conical, contracted at base, 5–15 mm long, 1.5–3 mm diam.
Flowering: Flowers Nov.–July.
Distribution and occurrence:
Grows in brackish marshes and swampy heath, and along streams; widespread and often locally frequent.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Tas. S.A. Vic.
Formerly known as Lobelia alata.
Text by B. Wiecek; name updated by Peter G. Wilson 2007.
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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