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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial decumbent herb, often stoloniferous.
Morphology Stem
Stems 5–60 cm. long, usually rooting at the lower nodes, ribbed, with harsh retrorse pubescence.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, subsessile or shortly petiolate, linear to elliptic, up to 10–35 mm. long, 2–9 mm. wide, acute or obtuse and mucronulate at the apex, rounded to attenuate at the base, almost glabrous or usually with fine but harsh pubescence on both surfaces, usually retrorse beneath and at margin, but with forwardly directed hairs above; margin incrassate, slightly revolute, crenate or serrate; midvein prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers not resupinate, solitary, axillary, scattered on the stem; pedicels 8–35 mm. long, pubescent with retrorse hairs; bracteoles at the base of the pedicel, 6–16 mm. long, resembling small leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium obconical or obovoid, ± 10-nerved, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes 2–6 mm. long, acute, entire, ± pubescent at the margins and on the outside, often reflexed in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 6.5–11.5 mm. long, dirty yellow, dull pink, brownish purple or violet (but always ± violet when dried), with 2 bumps in the mouth of the tube, split on the lower side almost to the base, 2-lipped with the upper lip 3-lobed and the lower lip consisting of 2 spathulate lobes united with the tube for 0.5–2.5 mm.; shortly pubescent outside, often with longer hairs on the midveins of the lobes, glabrous or puberulous inside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments free from corolla, linear, connate above, all pubescent at least on the inside above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther-tube ± 1.6 mm. long; all anthers densely penicillate at the tip, otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma-lobes ± 0.6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 10-nerved, obconical to oblong-obovoid, up to 10 mm. long, pubescent, dehiscing by valves up to 1.5 mm. long, or ± indehiscent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly elliptic or suborbicular in outline, compressed, ± 0.6 mm. long, distinctly and regularly reticulate, dark brown.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial decumbent herb, often stoloniferous.
Morphology Stem
Stems 5–60 cm. long, usually rooting at the lower nodes, ribbed, with harsh retrorse pubescence.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, subsessile or shortly petiolate, linear to elliptic, up to 10–35 x 2–9 mm., acute or obtuse and mucronulate at the apex, rounded to attenuate at the base, almost glabrous or usually with fine but harsh pubescence on both surfaces, usually retrorse beneath and at margin, but with forwardly directed hairs above; margin incrassate, slightly revolute, crenate or serrate; midvein prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers not resupinate, solitary, axillary, scattered on the stem; pedicels 8–35 mm. long, pubescent with retrorse hairs; bracteoles at the base of the pedicel, 6–16 mm. long, resembling small leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium obconical or obovoid, ± 10–nerved, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes 2–6 mm. long, acute, entire, ± pubescent at the margins and on the outside, often reflexed in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 6·5–11·5 mm. long, dirty yellow, dull pink, brownish purple or violet (but always ± violet when dried), with two bumps in the mouth of the tube, split on the lower side almost to the base, two–lipped with the upper lip 3–lobed and the lower lip consisting of two spathulate lobes united with the tube for 0·5–2·5 mm; short pubescent outside, often with longer hairs on the midveins of the lobes, glabrous or puberulous inside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments free from corolla, linear, connate above, all pubescent at least on the inside above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther–tube ±1·6 mm. long, all anthers densely penicillate at the tip, otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma–lobes ± 0·6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 10–nerved, obconical to oblong–obovoid, up to 10 mm. long, pubescent, dehiscing by valves up to 1–5 mm. long, or ±, indehiscent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly elliptic or subcircular in outline, compressed, ± 0·6 mm. long, distinctly and regularly reticulate, dark brown.

Native to:

Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

Monopsis stellarioides (C.Presl) Urb. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Tweedie, E.M. [126], Kenya Lobelia stellarioides 10005.000

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 1: 275 (1880)

Accepted by

  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • 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.
  • 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 West Tropical Africa

  • in Jahrb. Bot. Gart. Berl. 1: 275 (1881).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • E. Wimmer in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV.276 b: 703, fig. 106/d (1953).
  • Urb. in Eichl., Jahrb. Bot. Gart. Berlin 1: 275 (1881).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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