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Nancy Morin, except as specified

Annual to tree
Leaves generally cauline, generally simple, generally alternate, petioled or not; stipules 0
Inflorescence: panicle, raceme, spike, or flowers solitary in axils, generally open; bracts leaf-like or not
Flower: bisexual, radial or bilateral, sometimes inverted (pedicel twisted 180°; hypanthium generally present, ± fused to ovary; sepals generally 5; corolla radial to 2-lipped, generally fused (tube sometimes split down back), lobes generally 5; stamens 5, free or ± fused (anthers and filaments fused into tube or filaments fused above middle); ovary inferior, sometimes half inferior, chambers 1–3, placentas axile or parietal, ovules many, style generally 1, 2–5-branched
Fruit: generally capsule, dehiscing on sides or at tip by pores or short valves
Seeds many
Genera in family: ± 70 genera, ± 2000 species: worldwide. Some cultivated for ornamental (Campanula, Jasione, Lobelia ). Subfamilies sometimes treated as different families.


Species in genus: 1 sp
Etymology: (Anagram of E. L. Greene, American botanist, 1843–1915)


L. limosa (Greene) McVaugh


Annual, emergent or terrestrial, glabrous
Stem reclining, 10–30 cm; lateral branches erect, slender, stiff, sometimes fleshy
Leaves cauline, narrowly triangular, entire, sessile, early deciduous
Inflorescence: raceme, terminal; axis ± zigzag; bract 1 per flower, 6–12 mm, ovate, leaf-like, spreading; pedicels 6–20 mm in fruit
Flower not inverted; sepals 1/3–1/2 X ovary, triangular; corolla white, sometimes 0 in lower flowers, tube ± 1.5 mm, linear, split down back ± to base, 2-lipped, upper lip 2-lobed, lobes ± 2 mm, narrow, erect, lower lip 3-lobed, lobes ± 2 mm, obovate; stamens fused into tube, anthers 0.5–1 mm, sometimes free with age, 2 shorter anthers minutely appendaged; ovary inferior, ± 3.5 mm, narrowly obconic, stigma head-like, smooth
Fruit 6–10 mm, 1–2 mm diam, cylindric, 1-chambered, slightly > hypanthium, tip rounded, dehiscing at tip
Seeds 1 mm, elliptic, shiny, chestnut-brown
Ecology: Wet areas, vernal pools
Elevation: < 610 m.
Bioregional distribution: s North Coast Ranges, s Sacramento Valley, n San Joaquin Valley, San Francisco Bay Area (Santa Cruz Mtns, Mount Hamilton Range).
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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