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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 178-06-008:
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lobelia inflata

 

COMMON NAME:
Indian-tobacco, Pukeweed


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

        

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JK Marlow    jkm220510_7759

May    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm220626_8675

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm220626_8676

June    Greenville County    SC

Lower flowers with ovate-leafy bracts, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

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JK Marlow    jkm220626_8677

June    Greenville County    SC

Stems long-hirsute, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

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JK Marlow    jkm0407y_07

July    Greenville County    SC

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

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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.

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JK Marlow    jkm190702_9596

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm190702_9598

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm190726_0151

July    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm190726_0153

July    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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

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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.

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Keith Bradley    kab_lobelia_inflata_2910

August    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest

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

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JK Marlow    jkm0410k_19

October    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm211027_4610

October    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 178-06-008:
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lobelia inflata

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

854

Forb
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Mountains & NC Piedmont, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Habitat: Fields, meadows, gardens, open woodlands, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

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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