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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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 178-06-008:
Lobelia inflata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Indian-tobacco, Pukeweed


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

        

image of Lobelia inflata, Indian-tobacco, Pukeweed

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.

image of Lobelia inflata, Indian-tobacco, Pukeweed

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.

image of Lobelia inflata, Indian-tobacco, Pukeweed

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 (11/30/12):
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

 

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854

Forb
Annual

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

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

partial shade ...Variable

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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