Lobelia purpurascens R.Br.

Purplish Pratia

Prodr. 563 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Prostrate to ascending, dioecious perennial; stems sometimes zigzagged, occasionally rooting at nodes. Leaves lanceolate to ovate, 4–28 mm long, 2.5–12 mm wide, usually minutely pubescent above, often purplish beneath, margins toothed, base obtuse; petiole to 2 mm long. Flowers irregularly spaced; pedicels 10–70 mm long, usually longer than leaves, glabrous or rarely minutely pubescent. Calyx-lobes 1.5–3.2 mm long, at least some toothed at base; corolla zygomorphic, (6–)8–12 mm long, white tinged pink or purplish on outside of the tube and lobes; upper 2 lobes linear-oblanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 3–4.5 mm long, 0.4–1 mm wide, falcate, lower 3 lobes oblanceolate, (2.5–)4–6 mm long, (1–)1.2–3.5 mm wide, tube 4–7 mm long, split to within c. 0.5 mm of base, with fine retrorse hairs internally; filaments 3.5–5 mm long, anther tube 1.2–1.6 mm long in male flowers, 0.9–1.2 mm long in females, seta of 2 lower anthers 0.2–0.4 mm long. Fruit broadly ellipsoid to globose, (3–)5–10 mm long; seeds ellipsoid, slightly compressed, 0.8–0.9 mm long, brown, alveoles c. isodiametric (appearing pitted). Flowers Nov.–Jun.; fruits not collected in Victoria.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HSF, MonT, VVP. Also Qld, NSW. Uncommon in Victoria where restricted to eucalypt forest, woodland and unimproved pastures east from c. Orbost. Apparently more tolerant of drier soil conditions than most other species of Lobelia.

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 (as Pratia purpurascens (R.Br.) E.Wimm.).
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 purpurascens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lobelia purpurascens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory