OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (2/8/20):
Lobelia spicata   FAMILY Campanulaceae   Go to FSUS key


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lobelia spicata var. spicata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Lobelia spicata var. scaposa

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 178-06-007:
Lobelia spicata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lobelia bracteata

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lobelia leptostachys

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lobelia spicata

 

COMMON NAME:
Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia


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image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lole3_001_lvd

        

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lobelia_spicata_7

June        

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lobelia_spicata_7b

June        

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_l_spicata_scaposa

June    Iredell County    NC

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

JK Marlow    jkm140718_947

July    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

JK Marlow    jkm140718_947b

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves oblong, oblanceolate to elliptic, obtuse, base cuneate, mostly sessile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

JK Marlow    jkm140718_950

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers borne in a slender, crowded, terminal raceme, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

JK Marlow    jkm140718_950b

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers 9-12mm long, light blue to white; anthers pale bluish-gray, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

JK Marlow    jkm140718_973

July    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

JK Marlow    jkm220906_9683

September    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

JK Marlow    jkm220906_9685

September    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

JK Marlow    jkm220906_9697

September    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

Laura Godfrey    lau_20220906_102329

September    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

image of Lobelia spicata, Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

Laura Godfrey    lau_20220906_102329b

September    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

Corolla usually not fenestrate [thus no slits or windows on tube sides near base], per Weakley's Flora (2022).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (2/8/20):
Lobelia spicata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lobelia spicata var. spicata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Lobelia spicata var. scaposa

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 178-06-007:
Lobelia spicata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lobelia bracteata

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lobelia leptostachys

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lobelia spicata

 

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857

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

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

Habitat: Meadows, woodlands, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Light blue to 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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