Lobelia kirkii R.E. Fr.

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Lobelia kirkii

Picture: Helen Pickering
Zambian side of Vic Falls; on the right just over the knife edge bridge inside the fenced area of the Falls

Lobelia kirkii

Picture: Helen Pickering
Zambian side of Vic Falls; on the right just over the knife edge bridge inside the fenced area of the Falls

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Common names:
Annual or short-lived perennial herb. This species is closely related and very similar to the L. erinus L. In fact, the distinctions, based on differences in size of leaves, pedicels, calyx lobes and stamens, are rather unconvincing, to say the least. All given size ranges overlap and specimens from the same area, said to belong to L. erinus are also present at SRGH, looking very much the same. All in all this species could well be a slightly more succulent form of L. erinus, adapted to wet places.
Type location:
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
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Worldwide distribution: Angola (?), Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 58. Under Lobeliaceae

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 46. (Includes a picture).

Thulin, M. (1983). Lobeliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 125.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Lobelia kirkii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157850, retrieved 1 February 2023

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