Comprehensive Description

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Lobelia poetica V. E. Wimmer, Repert. vSp. Nov 22: 195. 1926.
Perennial, from 1 or 2 tuberous roots; stem erect, simple, 2 mm. in diameter at base, somewhat purplish below, 2.5-50 cm. high, glabrous; cauline leaves about 10, ascending, apparently leathery fin dried specimens), glabrous beneath, pubescent above, minutely callose-denticulate, the blades linear, the lips long-attenuate, the bases scarcely narrowed, 0.1-0.2 cm. wide by 2.5-7 cm, long fthe lower shorter); inflore.sccncc 6-10 cm. long, fcw-10-flowered, apparently I»cdunculate, the peduncle 9-16 cm. long; pedicels strongly ascending, in flower 6-9 mm. long, purplish, short-prickly-pubesccnt ; bracteolcs not seen; flower-bracts narrowly linear, up to 10 mm. long for the lowest to 17 mm), glabrous beneath, pubescent above, with calloso teeth on the margins; flower 14-17 mm. long; corolla blue, glabrous without, slightly cUiate within at bases of lobes of lower lip, the tube 4.5-5.0 mm. long, fenestrate, the lobes of the lower lip elliptic to obovate, 4-6 mm. wide by 5-S mm. long, the two upper lobes with spatulate tips, 6-7 mm. long, 3 mm. wide near tip; filament-tube 2.8-3.0 mm. long, the filaments cUiate, connate about one-third their length; anther-tube 2.0-2.5 mm. long, all 5 anthers white-tufted at tip; hypanthium in anthesis flat, the tube almost none; mature hypanthium and capsule not seen; caljTi-lobes linear-subulate, glabrous without, somewhat ciliate within, callose-denticulate, strongly reflexed even in the young flower, 3.5-5.5 mm. long, purplish; seeds not seen.
Type locality: "Between Santa Gertnidis and Santa Teresa, Sierra Madre, Tepic," Rose 2100 (US!).
Distribution: Known only from the type locality.
bibliographic citation
Rogers McVaugh. 1943. CAMPANULALES; CAMPANULACEAE; LOBELIOIDEAE. North American flora. vol 32A(1). New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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