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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Annual erect or ascending herb, 3–15(35) cm. tall.
    Stem
    Stem sparsely to much branched, triangular and rather broadly winged, sparsely to densely hirsute.
    Leaves
    Leaves up to 7–20 x 6–12 mm., broadly ovate to elliptic, gradually narrowing upwards, usually acute at the apex, gradually or abruptly narrowing below into a petiole–like base, serrate or dentate with usually acute teeth, at least lower leaves sparsely to densely pubescent on both sides; venation prominent beneath.
    Flowers
    Flowers in lax terminal and axillary leafy racemes; pedicels up to 5–10(13) mm. long, glabrous, finely papillose or pubescent; upper bracts lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, equalling or longer than pedicels; bracteoles c. 0·2 mm. long, at the base of the pedicel.
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium obovoid to obconical, c. 8–nerved, glabrous or rarely pubescent.
    Calyx
    Calyx–lobes subulate, erect or somewhat spreading, 1·6–3·2 mm. long, with one or two pairs of teeth or rarely only a single tooth at the margin, glabrous or ± pubescent.
    Corolla
    Corolla 2·8–4 mm. long, pale blue or white, usually with darker markings, split to 0·1–0·2 mm. from the base on the back, glabrous or with a few hairs on the lobes outside, pubescent inside on the bottom of the tube.
    Filaments
    Filaments linear, at least the two lower pubescent below, attached to the corolla–tube at the base.
    Anthers
    Anther–tube 0·6–0·8 mm. long, glabrous or with a few short hairs on the back; the two lower anthers each with a tuft of hairs and a hyaline appendage at the apex.
    Ovary
    Ovary subinferior.
    Fruits
    Capsule obovoid to narrowly obconical, c. 8–nerved, with 2 valves ± 1 mm. long, inferior part of capsule 3–5 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds broadly elliptic in outline, compressed, 0·35–0·45 mm. long, finely striate, brown.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual erect or ascending herb, 3–15(–35) cm. tall.
    Stem
    Stem sparsely to much branched, triangular and rather broadly winged, sparsely to densely hirsute.
    Leaves
    Leaves up to 7–20 mm. long, 6–12 mm. wide, broadly ovate to elliptic, gradually narrowing upwards, usually acute at the apex, gradually or abruptly narrowing below into a petiole-like base, serrate or dentate with usually acute teeth, at least lower leaves sparsely to densely pubescent on both sides; venation prominent beneath.
    Flowers
    Flowers in lax terminal and axillary leafy racemes; pedicels up to 5–10(–13) mm. long, glabrous, finely papillose or pubescent; upper bracts lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, equalling or longer than pedicels; bracteoles ± 0.2 mm. long, at the base of the pedicel.
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium obovoid to obconical, ± 8-nerved, glabrous or rarely pubescent.
    Calyx
    Calyx-lobes subulate, erect or somewhat spreading, 1.6–3.2 mm. long, with 1–2 pairs of teeth or rarely only a single tooth at the margin, glabrous or ± pubescent.
    Corolla
    Corolla 2.8–4 mm. long, pale blue or white, usually with darker markings, split to 0.1–0.2 mm. from the base on the back, glabrous or with a few hairs on the lobes outside, pubescent inside at the bottom of the tube.
    Filaments
    Filaments, at least the 2 lower, pubescent below, attached to the corolla-tube at the base.
    Anthers
    Anther-tube 0.6–0.8 mm. long, glabrous or with a few short hairs on the back; 2 lower anthers each with a tuft of hairs and a hyaline appendage at the apex.
    Ovary
    Ovary subinferior.
    Fruits
    Capsule obovoid to narrowly obconical, ± 8-nerved, with 2 valves ± 1 mm. long, inferior part of capsule 3–5 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds broadly elliptic in outline, compressed, 0.35–0.45 mm. long, finely striate, brown.
    Habitat
    Upland grassland and woodland, roadsides, ditches, old cultivations; 1220–2300 m.
    Distribution
    K2 K3 K4 K5 T2 T4 T7 T8 U4

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

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

    First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 8 (1850)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Thulin in Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 135 (1983).
    • Hemsl. in Flora of Tropical Africa 3: 467 (1877).
    • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 8 (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