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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Lobelia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Order: Asterales > Family: Campanulaceae

About 300 species (cosmopolitan, mainly tropics and subtropics), of which 66 species are native to southern Africa. An additional seven species are cultivated in the region. Previously in the Lobeliaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Lobelia adnexa

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lobelia anceps


Lobelia angolensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Lobelia aquaemontis


Lobelia ardisiandroides


Lobelia baumannii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lobelia barkerae


Lobelia boivinii


Lobelia capillifolia


Lobelia chireensis

Recorded from Mozambique.


Lobelia chamaedryfolia


Lobelia chamaepitys


Lobelia chinensis


Lobelia chireensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lobelia cobaltica

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lobelia cochlearifolia


Lobelia comosa


Lobelia comptonii


Lobelia corniculata


Lobelia coronopifolia


Lobelia cuneifolia


Lobelia cyphioides


Lobelia dasyphylla


Lobelia decurrentifolia


Lobelia dichroma


Lobelia dregeana


Lobelia eckloniana


Lobelia erinus

In garden at Brenton-On-Sea (Western Cape, South Africa). See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Lobelia eurypoda


Lobelia fervens

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Lobelia filipes


Lobelia flaccida


Lobelia galpinii


Lobelia goetzei

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Lobelia hereroensis


Lobelia hypsibata


Lobelia intercedens

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lobelia jasionoides


Lobelia kirkii

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Lobelia laurentioides


Lobelia laxa


Lobelia limosa


Lobelia linearis


Lobelia lobata


Lobelia malowensis


Lobelia molleri

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lobelia muscoides


Lobelia neglecta


Lobelia nugax


Lobelia patula


Lobelia pinifolia


Lobelia preslii


Lobelia pteropoda


Lobelia pubescens


Lobelia quadrisepala


Lobelia setacea


Lobelia sonderiana


Lobelia stenosiphon


Lobelia stricklandiae

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Lobelia thermalis


Lobelia tomentosa


Lobelia trullifolia


Lobelia valida 

Has a limited distribution within South Coast Fynbos and is considered Vulnerable.

Lobelia valida (Galjoenblom)

Lobelia vanreenensis


Lobelia welwitschii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lobelia zwartkopensis


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Lobelia angulata

Native to North America and Asia.


Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal flower)

Native to North America.


Lobelia gibberoa

Native to tropical Africa.


Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco)

Native to North America.


Lobelia laxiflora

Native to Mexico.


Lobelia siphilitica (Blue cardinal flower)

Native to North America.


Lobelia tupa

Native to Chile and Peru.


Photos of unidentified species

Lobelia sp.

Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve (Western Cape, South Africa) in recently burnt area.

Lobelia sp.

Kleinmond Nature Reserve (Western Cape, South Africa).

Lobelia sp.

Kleinmond Nature Reserve (Western Cape, South Africa).