1. Family: Campanulaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Lobelia Plum. ex L.
      1. Lobelia kirkii R.E.Fr.

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Annual or short–lived perennial, decumbent to ascending, usually much–branched herb, 8–40 cm. long.
    Stem
    Stem sulcate and narrowly winged, glabrous (in the F.Z. area).
    Leaves
    Leaves 10–28 x 2–9 mm., crenate to crenate–serrate, the upper narrowly elliptic, the lower narrowly obovate or spathulate, usually ± obtuse at the apex, narrowing below into a petiole–like base, glabrous except for the often ciliate leaf–bases.
    Flowers
    Flowers in lax, few–flowered racemes; pedicels 8–15(20) mm. long, glabrous; bracts similar to upper stem leaves, shorter than the pedicels; bracteoles c. 0·2–0·4 mm. long, at the base of the pedicel, occasionally absent.
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium obconical, 8–10–nerved, glabrous.
    Calyx
    Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, ± spreading, 2–3·2 mm. long, entire, glabrous or sparsely ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla 13–15 mm. long, blue, with two bumps in the mouth of the tube, split to 1–1·5 mm. from the base on the back, sparsely papillose on the inside of the tube, glabrous outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens (6)8–9 mm. long; filaments linear, puberulous and attached to the corolla–tube at the base; anther–tube 2–2·4 mm. long, glabrous or 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 subinferior.
    Fruits
    Capsule 8–10–nerved with 2 valves ± 1 mm. long, inferior part of capsule ± 4 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblong–elliptic in outline, 0·4 mm. long, very finely striate, pale brown.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Lobelia kirkii R.E.Fr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Greenway, P.J. [8010], Zimbabwe 971.000

    First published in Wiss. Erg. Schwed. Rhodesia-Kongo-Exp. 1911-1912, 1: 318 (1916)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Lammers, T.G. (2007). World checklist and bibliography of Campanulaceae: 1-675. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

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

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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