1. Family: Campanulaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Lobelia Plum. ex L.
      1. Lobelia chireensis A.Rich.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Ethiopia to Zimbabwe.

    [FTEA]

    Lobeliaceae, Mats Thulin (University of Uppsala). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1984

    Habit
    Annual ± erect herb, 8–30 cm. tall.
    Stem
    Stem not or sparsely branched, triangular with broadly winged edges, glabrous or with a few short and stout hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 7–16 mm. long, 2–5 mm. wide, suborbicular to elliptic at the base of the plant, gradually narrowing upwards to the linear-oblong bracts, obtuse to acute, denticulate, glabrous or with a few short stout hairs mainly on midvein beneath.
    Flowers
    Flowers in lax leafy racemes; pedicels 4–7 mm. long, glabrous, papillose or with a few short hairs; bracteoles linear, 0.4–0.5 mm. long, at or near base of pedicel.
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium subglobose, 8–10-nerved, glabrous or with short retrorse hairs.
    Calyx
    Calyx-lobes narrowly triangular, erect, 1.4–2.8 mm. long, entire, glabrous or with a few short hairs on the midvein outside.
    Corolla
    Corolla 3.5–4.5 mm. long, blue with darker markings and 2 bumps in the mouth of the tube, split practically to the base on the back, pubescent inside on the bottom of the tube.
    Filaments
    Filaments connate for most of their length, the 2 lower pubescent below, all attached to the corolla-tube at the base.
    Anthers
    Anther-tube ± 0.8 mm. long, sparsely and shortly pubescent on the back of the upper thecae; 2 lower anthers each with a tuft of hairs and a hyaline appendage at the apex.
    Ovary
    Ovary semi-inferior.
    Fruits
    Capsule subglobose, 8–10-nerved, with 2 valves ± 1 mm. long, inferior part of capsule 2–2.5 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds elliptic-oblong in outline, somewhat compressed, 0.4–0.45 mm. long, almost smooth, brown.
    Habitat
    Muddy ditch; about 1200 m.
    Distribution
    T4
    [FZ]

    Lobeliaceae, M. Thulin. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

    Habit
    Annual, ± erect herb, 8–30 cm. tall.
    Stem
    Stem not or sparsely branched, triangular with broadly winged eges, glabrous or with a few short and stout hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves 7–16 x 2–5 mm., subcircular to elliptic at the base of the plant; gradually narrowing upwards to the linear–oblong bracts, obtuse to acute, denticulate, glabrous or with a few short stout hairs mainly on midvein beneath.
    Flowers
    Flowers in lax leafy racemes; pedicels 4–7 mm. long, glabrous, papillose or with a few short hairs; bracteoles linear, 0·4–0·5 mm. long, at or near base of pedicel.
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium subglobose, 8–10–nerved, glabrous or with short retrorse hairs.
    Calyx
    Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, erect, 1·4–2·8 mm. long, entire, glabrous or with a few short hairs on the midvein outside.
    Corolla
    Corolla 3·5–4·5 mm. long, blue with darker markings and two bumps in the mouth of the tube, split practically to the base on the back, pubescent inside on the bottom of the tube.
    Filaments
    Filaments linear, the 2 lower pubescent at the base, connate for most of their length, attached to the corolla–tube at the base.
    Anthers
    Anther–tube ± 0·8 mm. long, sparsely and shortly pubescent on the back of the upper thecae, the two lower anthers each with a tuft of hairs and a hyaline appendage at the apex.
    Ovary
    Ovary semi–inferior.
    Fruits
    Capsule subglobose, 8–10–nerved with 2 valves ± 1 mm. long, inferior part of capsule 2–2·5 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds elliptic–oblong in outline, somewhat compressed, 0·4–0·45 mm. long, almost smooth, brown.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Lobelia chireensis A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 6 (1850)

    Accepted by

    • Lammers, T.G. (2007). World checklist and bibliography of Campanulaceae: 1-675. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Thulin in Flora Zambesiaca 7 (1): 133 (1983).
    • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 1056 (1965).
    • E. Wimmer in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV.276 b: 467 (1953).
    • Hemsl. in Flora of Tropical Africa 3: 468 (1877).
    • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 6 (1850).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0