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Lobelia dunnii var. serrata

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CampanulaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
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 dunnii Greene var. serrata (A. Gray) McVaugh
Habit: Long-lived perennial herb; rhizomed. Stem: decumbent, 2--8.5 dm, < 4 mm diam, light green. Flower: corolla hairy, blue, tube 12(14)--19 mm, entire, in age splitting incompletely from base to near middle, upper sinus = lateral; anther tube 2.3--3 mm, triangular bristle at tips of 2 shorter anthers present. Chromosomes: n=7.
Ecology: Falls, seeps of cliffs; Elevation: 30--1850 m. Bioregional Distribution: c SNH (Mariposa Co.), SCoRO, TR, PR; Distribution Outside California: northern Baja California. Flowering Time: Jul--Oct
Jepson eFlora Author: Tina Ayers
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Botanical illustration including Lobelia dunnii var. serrata

botanical illustration including Lobelia dunnii var. serrata


Citation for this treatment: Tina Ayers 2012, Lobelia dunnii var. serrata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 19, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 19, 2018.

Lobelia dunnii var. serrata
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© 2013 Aaron Schusteff
Lobelia dunnii var. serrata
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© 2013 Aaron Schusteff
Lobelia dunnii var. serrata
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© 1999 John Game
Lobelia dunnii var. serrata
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© 2011 Neal Kramer
Lobelia dunnii var. serrata
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© 2013 Aaron Schusteff
Lobelia dunnii var. serrata
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© 2011 Neal Kramer

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Geographic subdivisions for Lobelia dunnii var. serrata:
c SNH (Mariposa Co.), SCoRO, TR, PR;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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