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Family: Campanulaceae
Lobelia alata

Citation: Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. Sp. 1:51, t. 72 (1805).

Synonymy: L. anceps Thunb., Prod. Pl. Cap. 40 (1794), non L. f.

Common name: Angled lobelia.

Ascending to procumbent perennial herbs with angled branches up to 50 cm long and often with adventitious roots, glabrous; leaves sessile to subpetiolate with a long cuneate base, oblanceolate to linear-elliptic or rarely obovate-spathulate, 15-70 x 4-17 mm, obtuse to rounded, entire, undulate or distantly toothed, glabrous.

Flowers: Nov.-May.

Fruit conical, to 12 mm long, scarcely ridged; seeds ovoid, slightly laterally compressed, smooth.

image of FSA3_Lobelia_ala.jpg Habit.
Image source: fig. 623a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  Swampy areas or around standing water.

  W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   New Zealand; South Africa; Chile.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

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Biology: A very variable species which at times is superficially similar to other species in Lobelia and related genera but it is always easily distinguished in S.Aust. by its distinctive elongate glabrous ovary or fruits.

Taxonomic notes: Wimmer (1953) Pflanzenreich 276b, p. 470 recognised 5 varieties in this complex species and placed all the South Australian material in the var. alata with the key character 'pedicels and calyces very glabrous'. Since all the material investigated has distinctly hairy pedicels the above subspecific grouping was not adopted.

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