1. Family: Campanulaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Lobelia Plum. ex L.
      1. Lobelia mildbraedii Engl.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Uganda to Malawi.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Plant 1–3.5 m. tall in flower, suckering from the base.
    Stem
    Stem ± erect, to 8 cm. thick at base, terete, hollow above, glabrous to pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves sessile, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 15–40 x 2–4(6) cm., acute to rounded and mucronate at the apex, rounded to auriculate at the base, glabrous or puberulous and often shining above, ±: puberulous beneath; margin entire or at least in young leaves denticulate by the projecting hydathodes; venation protruding beneath with numerous costae arising at an angle of c. 45° to the midrib distal to the phyllodic leaf–base with ± parallel venation.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence up to 1 m. long, dense, cylindrical, unbranched; pedicels 5–6(8) mm. long, pubescent, with two minute bracteoles; bracts narrowly oblong to linear, (30)40–60 x 3· 8 mm., acute or rounded and mucronate at the apex, ± pubescent.
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium obovoid, truncate at the base, 10–nerved, pubescent.
    Calyx
    Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, flat, 8–15(20) mm. long, entire, pubescent on both sides.
    Corolla
    Corolla 30–35 mm. long, greenish, lilac or pale blue, split to the base on the back, pubescent outside; two lateral petals linear, ± united with middle petals below; three middle petals united to form a lip with linear lobes.
    Filaments
    Filaments linear, connate for most of their length, ± papillose towards the base, free from corolla.
    Anthers
    Anther–tube 9–11 mm. long, the two lower anthers apically barbate, otherwise glabrous or almost so.
    Ovary
    Ovary subinferior.
    Fruits
    Capsule subspherical, ± 7 mm. long, 10–nerved, pubescent, with two valves, 2–3 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds elliptic–oblong in outline, compressed, winged on one side, 1·2–1·5 mm. long, finely striate, pale brown.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Plant 1–3.5 m. tall in flower, suckering from the base.
    Stem
    Stem ± erect, to 8 cm. thick at base, terete, hollow above, glabrous to pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves sessile, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 15–40 cm. long, 2–4(–6) cm. wide, acute to rounded and mucronate at the apex, rounded to auriculate at the base, glabrous or puberulous and often shining above, ± puberulous beneath; margin entire or subentire; venation protruding beneath with numerous lateral nerves arising at an angle of ± 45° to the midrib distal to the phyllodic leaf-base with ± parallel venation.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence up to 1 m. long, dense, cylindrical, unbranched; pedicels 5–6(–8) mm. long, pubescent, with 2 minute bracteoles near the middle; bracts narrowly oblong to linear, (30–)40–60 mm. long, 3–8 mm. wide, acute or rounded and mucronate at the apex, ± pubescent.
    Hypanthium
    Hypanthium obovoid, truncate at the base, 10-nerved, pubescent.
    Calyx
    Calyx-lobes narrowly triangular, 8–15(–20) mm. long, entire, pubescent on both sides.
    Corolla
    Corolla 30–35 mm. long, greenish, lilac or pale blue, split to the base on the back, pubescent outside; two lateral petals linear, ± united with middle petals below; three middle petals united to form a lip with linear lobes.
    Filaments
    Filaments connate for most of their length, ± papillose towards the base, free from corolla.
    Anthers
    Anther-tube 9–11 mm. long; 2 lower anthers apically barbate, otherwise glabrous or almost so.
    Ovary
    Ovary subinferior.
    Fruits
    Capsule subspherical, 7–10 mm. long, 10-nerved, pubescent, with 2 valves 2–3 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds elliptic-oblong in outline, compressed, winged on one side, 1.2–1.5 mm. long, finely striate, pale brown.
    Habitat
    Upland swamps; 1800–3000 m.
    Distribution
    T7 U2

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Lobelia mildbraedii Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 5, 1973 Humbert, H. [8724], Congo, DRC K000228532 isotype
    Jul 5, 1973 Robyns [2375], Congo, DRC K000228530 isotype
    Feb 1, 1965 Goetze [538], Tanzania K000228483 Unknown type material
    Scaëtta [35M] K000228531 Unknown type material

    First published in Wiss. Erg. Deut. Zentr.-Afr. Exped., Bot. 2: 344 (1911)

    Accepted by

    • Lammers, T.G. (2007). World checklist and bibliography of Campanulaceae: 1-675. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Thulin in Flora Zambesiaca 7 (1): 122 (1983).
    • Mabberley in Kew Bulletin 29: 571 (1974).
    • E. Wimmer in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 276 c: 884 (1968).
    • Brenan in Mem. N.Y. Bot. Gard. 8: 490 (1954).
    • E. Wimmer in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 276 b: 668, fig. 101/f (1953).
    • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 2: 410 (1947).
    • E.A. Bruce in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1934: 73, fig. 5/2 (1934).
    • Hauman in Mém. Inst. Roy. Col. Belg. 8°, 2: 31 (1934).
    • R.E. & T.C.E. Fries in Svensk Bot. Tidskr. 16: 405 (1922).
    • Engl. in Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Zentral-Afrika-Expedition 1907-1908, 2 (Botanik) p. 344 (1911).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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