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Lobelia puberula

Lobelia puberula Michx.

downy lobelia

Lobelia puberula (Downy Lobelia)
Image ID: 25726
Image by: Fowler, Jim
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: LOPU
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lobelia puberula
Include in WOTAS: 1
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2018-09-17

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: LOBEL
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Lobelia
GENUS AUTHORITY: L.
GENUS COMMON: Lobelia
GENUS SUMMARY: (contributed by D.D. Spaulding, T.W. Barger, and B.A. Sorrie)
GENUS IDENTIFICATION: Identification notes: Vegetative Lobelia can be recognized by their milky sap, and the alternate leaves with obscure, whitish, callus-tipped, and often irregular or divergent teeth.
GENUS REFERENCES: Spaulding & Barger (in prep.)=X; Rosatti (1986)=Z; McVaugh (1936)=Y; Thompson & Lammers (1997); Lammers in Kadereit & Jeffrey (2007). Key based in part on X, Y, and GW.

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: CAMPAN
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Campanulaceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: A.L. de Jussieu 1789
FAMILY COMMON: Bellflower Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 80-82 genera and 2000-2400 species, mostly herbs, cosmopolitan. There is controversy about the circumscription of the family, specifically whether subfamily Lobelioideae should be recognized at the family level. Recent phylogenetic studies of the Campanuloideae also suggest that substantial rearrangements of generic boundaries will be needed (Crowl et al. 2014).
FAMILY REFERENCE: Rosatti (1986)=Z; Crowl et al. (2014); Eddie et al. (2003); Shulkina, Gaskin, & Eddie (2003); Lammers in Kadereit & Jeffrey (2007). [also see SPHENOCLEACEAE]

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO: Erect perennial of forests and openings.
STEMS: Stems mostly unbranched, purple-tinged and hairy.
LEAVES: Leaves alternate, sessile, oval to lance-shaped, to 4½ in. long, the margins with tiny callus-tipped teeth, hairy.
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS: Flowers in a crowded terminal spike, each on a spreading-ascending short stalk flanked by 2 leaf-like bracts; bluish-purple; ½-1 in. long; bilaterally symmetric and tubular; opening to 2 spreading lips, the upper one divided into 2 narrow, erect lobes and the lower one divided into 3 wider lobes with white markings. The short-tubular calyx has 4 lance-shaped lobes.
FRUITS: Fruit a rounded capsule.
COMMENTS:
HEIGHT: 2-4 ft.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Herb

LEAF ARRANGEMENT: Alternate
LEAF COMPLEXITY: Simple
LEAF RETENTION:

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY: Bilateral (Zygomorphic)
BLOOM TIME: July-Oct
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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BLOOM COLOR: Lavender to purple flowers
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
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FRUITING PERIOD:

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Moist forests, Woods margins
NATIVE RANGE: eastern North America

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Lobelias are generally easy to grow, as well as attractive to butterflies, and this species is no exception. Downy Lobelia is similar to Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) though it is taller and more delicate in appearance. The species name puberula refers to its pubescent, or hairy, stems and leaves. Plants of this species have been found growing in nearly every county in North Carolina. They thrive in bogs, meadows and woodlands.

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Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Dry, Average, Moist/Wet
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun, Part Shade, Shade
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 5
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 9
GERMINATION CODE:
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly, Butterfly Friendly
DEER RESISTANCE:

GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
309 2011-0175 2011-07-12 313 View
2206 1986-2022 View
4387 1992-0543 View
5285 1995-0406 View
5702 1995-0828 View
6177 1995-1309 View
8076 2004-0084 2004-09-09 View
9259 2019-0018 2019-11-11 1969 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
313 HORT 1999-11-21 Wilbur-Brooks View
1122 HORT 2005-11-01 Bryan View
1969 HORT 2017-11-16 NCBG staff View
2292 NPMD 2019-10-15 Touloupas View
2322 NPMD 2019-10-28 Touloupas View
2339 NPMD 2019-11-08 Touloupas View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
722 309 19 NCBG staff 2011-05-12 View
3817 2206 54 NCBG staff 1986-12-23 View
3818 2206 58 NCBG staff 1986-12-23 View
6715 4387 200 NCBG staff 1993-03-01 View
7741 5285 203 NCBG staff 1992-01-01 View
8216 5702 204 NCBG staff 1993-01-01 View
8832 6177 2 NCBG staff 0000-00-00 View
11348 8076 142 Liloia 2003-05-20 View
12385 9259 190 Briggs 2019-11-04 View
12861 0 21 Liloia 0000-00-00 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: LOPU
USDA Common Name: Downy Lobelia
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW FACW FACW FACW FACW

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast

WEAKLEY FLORA

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lobelia puberula
COMMON NAME: Downy Lobelia
SYNONYMY: [= C, G, GW, Mo, Pa, RAB, S, Va, W, WH3, X, Y; > L. puberula var. puberula - F, K; > L. puberula var. simulans Fernald - F, Il, K; > L. puberula var. mineolana F. Wimmer - K; = L. puberula var. puberula - X; > L. puberula "form d" - Y; > L. puberula "form a" - Y]
PHENOLOGY: Jul-Oct.
HABITAT: Forests, openings.
COMMENTS: NJ, se. PA, s. OH,s. IN, s. IL, se. MO, AR, and OK, south to c. peninsular FL and s. TX. A number of varieties are sometimes recognized; see references.
RANGE MAP: Lobelia puberula.png

Key to Map Symbols
ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Campanulaceae A.L. de Jussieu 1789 (Bellflower Family)
SUMMARY: A family of about 80-82 genera and 2000-2400 species, mostly herbs, cosmopolitan. There is controversy about the circumscription of the family, specifically whether subfamily Lobelioideae should be recognized at the family level. Recent phylogenetic studies of the Campanuloideae also suggest that substantial rearrangements of generic boundaries will be needed (Crowl et al. 2014).
REFERENCE: Rosatti (1986)=Z; Crowl et al. (2014); Eddie et al. (2003); Shulkina, Gaskin, & Eddie (2003); Lammers in Kadereit & Jeffrey (2007). [also see SPHENOCLEACEAE]
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Lobelia L. (Lobelia)
SUMMARY: (contributed by D.D. Spaulding, T.W. Barger, and B.A. Sorrie)
REFERENCE: Spaulding & Barger (in prep.)=X; Rosatti (1986)=Z; McVaugh (1936)=Y; Thompson & Lammers (1997); Lammers in Kadereit & Jeffrey (2007). Key based in part on X, Y, and GW.

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Lobelia puberula in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Lobelia puberula in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Lobelia puberula in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Lobelia puberula in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Lobelia puberula in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lobelia puberula

NCBG IMAGE RECORDS

ID IMAGE1: 25726
ID IMAGE2: 0
ID IMAGE3: 25726

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