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Lobelia sublibera S. Wats. Proc. Am. Acad. 25: 157. 1890
Perennial; stem erect or ascending, sometimes branched above, 25-64 cm. high, 1-3 mm. in diameter at the base, usually slightly purplish near base, uniformly but rather sparsely short-stiff-hirsute, especially near base, or sometimes throughout the whole plant; roots fibrous; cauline leaves 3-8, lanceolate or elliptic, mostly 4-S times as long as wide, acute at both ends, membranous or thickish, 0.6-0.9 cm. wide by 4.5-9 cm. long, the lowest oblanceolate, up to 2.5 cm. wide by 10 cm. long, the blades glabrous beneath and sparsely pubescent above, especially near margin, sometimes purple below, the basal leaves when present broadly elliptic, rounded at apex, narrowed to a short petiole, 1.5-2.5 cm. wide by 3.5-10 cm. long; inflorescence 3-18 cm. long, 3-13-flowered, more or less secund, on a peduncle (7.5) 10-20 (23) cm. long; pedicels angled or nearly terete, usually strongly ascending, pubescent like the stem, or nearly glabrous, (5) 11-27 mm. long in fruit, with two yellowish-brown bracteoles near base; flowerbracts linear, ciliate, 4-7 mm. long, entire or nearly so; flower, including hypanthimn, 21-29 mm. long, slightly granular-pubescent without or strongly pubescent; corolla-tube 11-14 mm. long, narrow and almost linear, slightly curved, entire except for the dorsal fissure which extends to a point 2.5-4.5 mm. from the base; lobes of the lower lip broad-ovate, mucronate, up to 7-9 mm. wide by 8.5-11 mm. long, those of the upper lip 1.5-3.5 mm. wide by 8-11 mm. long; filament-tube 9-11.5 mm. long, glabrous, slightly reflexed and included in the curved corollatube, the filaments free from coroUa-tube, cotmate more than half their length, ciliate below ; anther-tube light bluish-gray, 2.5-3.0 mm. long, the two smaller anthers bright-white-tufted at tip and ciliate on back, the three larger ones rather densely ciliate on back, near apex; hypanthium in anthesis flat or very shallowly cup-shaped, ciliate; capsule ovate-ellipsoid, acute at both ends, 3.5-4 mm. in diameter by S mm. long, one-third to two-fifths inferior; calyx-lobes linear-attenuate, 4-8 mm. long, ciliate, entire; seeds smooth, shining, broadly ellipsoid, about 0.5 mm. long.
Type iX)C.i,ity: Cool shaded slopes of the Sierra Madre near Monterey, Nuevo Leon, Pringle 1SS9 (Grayl).
Distribution: Mountains of Nuevo Le6n and western Tamaulipas.
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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