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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Slender annual erect or decumbent herb, often branched from the base.
Morphology Stem
Stems 2–15(–28) cm. tall, terete, somewhat ribbed, densely pubescent with spreading hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, elliptic to narrowly ovate, up to 14 mm. long and 7 mm. wide, acute at the apex, rounded or cuneate at the base, pubescent on both surfaces; margin coarsely dentate-serrate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers resupinate, often cleistogamous, in lax racemes with leaf-like bracts diminishing in size upwards; pedicels up to 30 mm. long, pubescent; bracteoles at base of pedicel,resembling small leaves, 1–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical to subglobose, ± 10-nerved, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes 0.5–1.6 mm. long, entire, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 4–5 mm. long, white, pale blue or pink with 2 yellowish bumps in the mouth of the tube, split on the back to ± 0.6 mm. from the base, pubescent outside and inside on bottom of tube, 2-lipped with the lower lip 3-lobed and the upper lip consisting of 2 shorter lobes united with the tube for most of their length.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments ± attached to the corolla-tube at the base, linear, scarcely connate above, all sparsely pubescent on the inside near the tip, the 2 anterior ones also ciliate at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther-tube ± 0.6 mm. long; all anthers penicillate at the tip, otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 10-nerved, 2–3.5 mm. long, pubescent; valves ± 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly elliptic in outline, strongly compressed, ± 0.35 mm. long, striate-verruculate, brown.
Habitat
Seasonally wet ground, damp grassland or shallow soils over rocks; 1500–1700 m.
Distribution
K4 T2 T7

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Slender annual erect or decumbent herb, often branched from the base.
Morphology Stem
Stems 2–15(28) cm. tall, terete, somewhat ribbed, densely pubescent with spreading hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, elliptic to narrowly ovate, up to 14 x 7 mm., acute at the apex, rounded or cuneate at the base, pubescent on both surfaces; margin coarsely dentate–serrate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers resupinate, often cleistogamous, in lax racemes with leaf–like bracts diminishing in size upwards; pedicels up to 30 mm. long, pubescent; bracteoles at base of pedicel, resembling small leaves, 1–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical to subglobose, ± 10–nerved, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes 0·5–1·6 mm. long, entire, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 4–5 mm. long, white, pale blue or pink with two yellowish bumps in the mouth of the tube, split on the back to ± 0·6 mm. from the base, pubescent outside and inside on bottom of tube, 2–lipped with the lower lip 3–lobed and the upper lip consisting of 2 shorter lobes united with the tube for most of their length.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments ± attached to the corolla–tube at the base, linear, scarcely connate above, all sparsely pubescent on the inside near the tip, the two anterior ones also ciliate at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther–tube ± 0·6 mm. long, all anthers penicillate at the tip, otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ± 10–nerved, 2–3·5 mm. long, pubescent; valves ± 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly elliptic in outline, strongly compressed, ± 0·35 mm. long, striate–verruculate, brown.

Native to:

Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Monopsis zeyheri (Sond.) Thulin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Baum, H. [144], Angola K000228734 Unknown type material
Zeyher [1046], South Africa K000228735 Unknown type material
Bidgood, S. [5694], Tanzania K000468730
Burke [s.n.], South Africa K000228736 Unknown type material
Milne-Redhead, E. [11205], Tanzania Lobelia zeyheri 31135.000

First published in Bot. Not. 132: 135 (1979)

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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Thulin in Bot. Notis. 132: 135, fig. 1/C (1979)
  • Thulin in Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 148 (1983).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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