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Lobelia cardinalis var. pseudosplendens
CARDINAL FLOWER

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CampanulaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: BELLFLOWER FAMILY
Habit: Annual to perennial herb [tree]. Leaf: generally cauline, generally simple, generally alternate, petioled or not; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, raceme, spike, or flowers 1; terminal or in axils of leaf-like or reduced bracts. Flower: bisexual, cleistogamous or open, radial or bilateral, inverted (pedicel twisted 180°) or not; hypanthium generally present, +- fused to ovary; sepals generally 5; corolla radial to 2-lipped, petals generally fused, tube deeply divided on 1 side or not, lobes generally 5; stamens 5, free or +- fused (anthers, filaments fused into tube or filaments fused above middle); ovary inferior or 1/2 inferior (superior in fruit), chambers 1--3, placentas axile or parietal, ovules many, style generally 1, 2--5-branched. Fruit: generally capsule, open on sides or top by pores or short valves. Seed: many.
Genera In Family: +- 90 genera, +- 2500 species: worldwide. Note: Some cultivated for ornamental (Campanula, Jasione, Lobelia). Subfamilies sometimes treated as families. Positions of flower parts given after flowering inversion, if any. Parishella moved to Nemacladus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Nancy R. Morin, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: LobeliaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Biennial, perennial herb [shrub], glabrous or hairy. Leaf: mostly basal or all cauline, 0.5--1.5 cm wide, lance-linear to elliptic, sessile, margin with small, gland-tipped teeth; cauline alternate. Inflorescence: raceme [or spike or panicle]. Flower: bilateral, inverted in full bloom by twisted pedicel; corolla red, blue (or white), tube entire or with an upper sinus, limb strongly 2-lipped, 2 lobes of upper lip < 3 of lower; stamens fused, generally 2 smaller anthers each with terminal tuft of bristles, 1 sometimes triangular or horn-like, others linear, shorter; ovary +- spheric, chambers 2, placentas 2, axile. Fruit: spheric, valves 2, at top, within sepals, short.
Species In Genus: +- 350 species: +- worldwide. Etymology: (Matthias de l'Obel, Flemish botanist, 1538--1616)
eFlora Treatment Author: Tina Ayers

Lobelia cardinalis L. var. pseudosplendens McVaugh
NATIVE
Habit: Biennial, short-lived perennial herb. Stem: erect, 4--20 dm, < 1.5 cm diam, purple-red. Flower: corolla glabrous, red (white), tube 15--20 mm, upper sinus >> lateral; anther tube 3.5--4.5 mm, triangular bristle at tips of 2 shorter anthers 0. Chromosomes: n=7.
Ecology: Stream bottoms; Elevation: 450--1600 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnGb, SnBr, PR, DMtns (Panamint Range); Distribution Outside California: to western Texas, Mexico. Toxicity: Seriously TOXIC, especially when used as a home remedy. Flowering Time: Aug--Oct
Unabridged Note: Incl by McVaugh in Lobelia cardinalis subsp. graminea (Lam.) McVaugh, with 3 other varieties including Lobelia cardinalis var. multiflora (Paxton) McVaugh (pls with dense, short hairs throughout, leaves lanceolate to ovate, probably not in California).
eFlora Treatment Author: Tina Ayers
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Citation for this treatment: Tina Ayers 2016. Lobelia cardinalis var. pseudosplendens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=60969, accessed on April 30, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on April 30, 2016.


Geographic subdivisions for Lobelia cardinalis var. pseudosplendens:
SnGb, SnBr, PR, DMtns (Panamint Range);
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