Lobelia dentata Cav. APNI*
Description: Slender erect herb, to 40 cm high, glabrous; stems often reddish.
Lower leaves numerous, withering early, ovate, 1–4 cm long, usually 3–10 mm wide, margins deeply cut; upper leaves few, narrow, pinnatifid or toothed; petiolate.
Inflorescence a 1-sided raceme, 8–10-flowered; pedicels 15–40 mm long in fruit. Calyx lobes 1.5–4 mm long. Corolla 15–25 mm long, deep to royal blue, throat paler and ± pilose; tube 4.5–6 mm long; middle lower lobe oblong; 2 upper lobes scarcely as long as tube, recurved. All anthers with an apical brush of hairs. Ovary 1.5–2.5 mm long.
Capsule obliquely obovoid, swollen on upper side, 4–7 mm long, 3–5.5 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: On the coast and ranges from Murwillumbah to Batemans Bay district. Also Vic.
Grows in woodland and dry sclerophyll forest on sandy soils, often conspicuous after fire.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic.
Closely allied to L. gibbosa and sometimes considered to be a subspecies of that species.
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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