Lobelia rhombifolia de Vriese

Tufted Lobelia

in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1: 397 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to erect, glabrous or rarely papillose annual to c. 35 cm high; stems usually several arising from base. Leaves spathulate, obovate to oblong, 8–25 mm long, 2–12 mm wide, pinnately lobed or coarsely toothed (but reducing and c. entire up stem); petiole absent or indistinct. Flowers bisexual, in terminal and sometimes axillary 1–4-flowered cymes; pedicels elongating after flowering to c. 120 mm long, glabrous. Calyx-lobes 2.5–6 mm long, entire; corolla 2-lipped, 10–15(–17) mm long, dark blue, rarely white, upper 2 lobes short, strongly recurved, lower 3 lobes spreading, oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate (rarely obovate), central lobe longest, 5–10 mm long, 1.6–4 mm wide, lateral lobes falcate, tube 4.5–8 mm long, split virtually to base, glabrous to minutely pubescent internally towards base; filaments 3–5 mm long, anther tube c. 1.7–2.2 mm long. Capsule broadly and obliquely obovoid, c. 5–8 mm long; seeds ellipsoid, slightly angular, 0.25–0.35 mm long, light brown, lustrous, smooth or very faintly ridged. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, OtR, VVP, WPro. Also WA, SA, Tas. A disturbance ephemeral, often appearing abundantly after fires or following bulldozing of tracks but scarce or absent several years thereafter. Occurs on rocky or sandy sites usually in open-forest.

Source: Albrecht, D.E.; Walsh, N.G. (1999). Campanulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Campanulaceae
genus Lobelia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lobelia rhombifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lobelia rhombifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia