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Species Information
 

Monopsis malvacea E.Wimm.
(name current 2016)
(Lobeliaii)
(Lobelia sp.)
(Lobeliaii Compton)
(Lobelia delicatula)

Lobeliaceae

Endemic
Schedule B

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD Endemism: Endemic Distribution: Mbabane, Hlatikulu

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Lobelia coddii - Tufted perennial with many straight shoots rising from a woody rootstock, up to 45 cm high. Stems and leaves thinly hairy when young, becoming hairless. Leaves numerous, rather uniform, stalkless, lance-shaped, up to 8 mm long x 4 mm wide, entire or with one or two teeth on each side. Flowers numerous, stalk up to 2 cm long; calyx c 7 mm long, hairy, lobes pointed, spreading; corolla blue, upper lobes 2 mm long, turned backwards, lower lobes spreading, blunt, c 3 mm long x 2 mm wide. Lobelia delicatula - Small very slender annual up to 15 cm high. Stems and leaves with few hairs. Leaves alternate, stalk up to 5 mm long, blade very delicate, triangular with curved sides, up to 1 cm long and wide, blunt, edges slightly wavy. Upper leaves smaller with few flowers in axils. Flower-stalk up to 2 cm long, very slender; calyx 4 mm long, lobes narrow, pointed; corolla white or pale blue, c 6 mm long, upper lip shorter than lower which has three short lobes c 1 mm wide.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.


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References

Compton R.H. (1975). Plantae Novae Africanae. Series XXXIII. Jl S. Afr. Bot. 41(1):47-50