Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


854

Forb
Annual
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain) (rare in GA Piedmont)

Look for it in fields, meadows, gardens, open woodlands, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Blue-violet/ Bluish-white
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla
5 stamens, completely united
Flowers in a terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 178-06-008:
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Indian-tobacco, Pukeweed


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image of Lobelia inflata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_loin_001_lvd

        

image of Lobelia inflata

JK Marlow    jkm0407y_07

July    Greenville County    SC

Stem hairy and often branched, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Lobelia inflata

JK Marlow    jkm120704_436

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Flowers in leafy racemes; corolla tube 2-4mm long, longest lobes 2.5-4mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lobelia inflata

JK Marlow    jkm120704_436b

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Bracts longer than the pedicels. Calyx lobes linear, 2-7mm long, entire, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lobelia inflata

JK Marlow    jkm120704_440

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Lobelia inflata

JK Marlow    jkm120804_132b

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Leaves mostly sessile, 2-3" long, ovate, with toothed margins, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Lobelia inflata

Keith Bradley    kab_lobelia_inflata_2910

August    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest

image of Lobelia inflata

JK Marlow    jkm0410k_19

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Lobelia inflata

JK Marlow    jkm0410k_22b

October    Greenville County    SC

The calyx becomes inflated in fruit, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.