Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Streamhead Lobelia at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Formally described only in 2020. Read more at Lobelia batsonii (Campanulaceae), A New Species from the Sandhills of the Carolinas (Pittman & Sorrie, 2020).
How does one distinguish streamhead lobelia from savanna lobelia? Find out in The Story of the Streamhead Lobelia...
SYNONYMOUS WITH Lobelia batsonii (Campanulaceae), A New Species from the Sandhills of the Carolinas (Pittman & Sorrie, 2020)
Streamhead Lobelia, Batson's Lobelia, Springhead Lobelia, Sandhills Lobelia
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Bruce A. Sorrie bas_lobelia_batsonii1
June Moore County NC
Inflorescence secund. Calyx glabrous, as are corolla tube interior & throat, per Lobelia batsonii (Campanulaceae), A New Species from the Sandhills of the Carolinas (Pittman & Sorrie, 2020).
Native to the Carolinas
Rare (endemic to the Carolina Sandhills Region)
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Alternate (basal leaves usually absent or withered at flowering)
Stem leaves sessile; offsets & basal leaves petioled
Margins of stem leaves denticulate to subentire
Pinkish blue to lavender blue with white eye and 2 white guidelines
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla
5 stamens, completely united
Flowers in a terminal raceme
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