Common name: Tall Lobelia
Lobelia gibbosa Labill. APNI*
Synonyms: Lobelia gibbosa Labill. var. gibbosa APNI*
Description: Erect herb to 65 cm high, glabrous; stems often reddish.
Leaves few, linear to narrow-lanceolate, rarely narrow-elliptic, 1–7 cm long, 1–3.5 mm wide, margins entire; ± sessile.
Inflorescence raceme-like, 1-sided; pedicels usually 2–20 mm long. Calyx lobes 2–5 mm long. Corolla 2-lipped, 10–20 mm long, pale blue to deep violet, throat ± pilose; lower median lobe longest, 4.5–11 mm long; 2 upper lobes scarcely as long as tube, recurved. All anthers with a dense brush of apical hairs.
Capsule obliquely obovoid, swollen on upper side, 5–12 mm long. Seeds brown, irregularly angular, surface reticulate.
Distribution and occurrence:
Grows chiefly in woodland and dry sclerophyll forest on sandy soils; widespread, from sea level to subalpine areas.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
A variable species requiring further study; segregates are sometimes recognized.
Text by B. Wiecek, updated by Peter G. Wilson, April 2010.
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992); modified to follow Flora of Victoria 4 (1999)
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