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This species is accepted, and its native range is Uganda to Malawi.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plant 1–3.5 m. tall in flower, suckering from the base.
Morphology Stem
Stem ± erect, to 8 cm. thick at base, terete, hollow above, glabrous to pubescent.
Morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium obovoid, truncate at the base, 10–nerved, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, flat, 8–15(20) mm. long, entire, pubescent on both sides.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments linear, connate for most of their length, ± papillose towards the base, free from corolla.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther–tube 9–11 mm. long, the two lower anthers apically barbate, otherwise glabrous or almost so.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary subinferior.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subspherical, ± 7 mm. long, 10–nerved, pubescent, with two valves, 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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

Morphology General Habit
Plant 1–3.5 m. tall in flower, suckering from the base.
Morphology Stem
Stem ± erect, to 8 cm. thick at base, terete, hollow above, glabrous to pubescent.
Morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium obovoid, truncate at the base, 10-nerved, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes narrowly triangular, 8–15(–20) mm. long, entire, pubescent on both sides.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments connate for most of their length, ± papillose towards the base, free from corolla.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther-tube 9–11 mm. long; 2 lower anthers apically barbate, otherwise glabrous or almost so.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary subinferior.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subspherical, 7–10 mm. long, 10-nerved, pubescent, with 2 valves 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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

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

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

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