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Lobelia spicata Lam.
PALESPIKE LOBELIA
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Lobelia spicata
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Lobelia spicata

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Associates · map
FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Entylomataceae  Entyloma lobeliae @ BPI (4)
Halictidae  Lasioglossum leucocomum @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Mycosphaerellaceae  Cercospora lobeliae @ BPI (1)

Septoria lobeliae @ BPI (6)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia lobeliae @ BPI (1)

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Lobelia spicata Lam.

Lobelia spicata plant

Family - Campanulaceae

Stems - Simple, erect, to +/-50cm tall, glabrous to variously pubescent, herbaceous, 4-5 angled.

Lobelia spicata stem

Leaves - Mostly in lower 1/2 of stem, sessile or short petiolate (near base of stem), spatulate to oblong, rounded at apex, entire to irregularly dentate (margins strigillose to ciliate), +/-5cm long, +/-2cm broad, sparse strigose to glabrous.

Lobelia spicata leaves

Inflorescence - Terminal spikiform raceme to +/-35cm long (tall). Each flower subtended by a lance-linear to subulate bract to 1.5cm long, 3mm broad. Bracts typically glabrous. Pedicels to 3mm long, glabrous to pubescent.

Lobelia spicata inflorescence

Flowers - Resupinate. Corolla whitish to lilac, to 1.3mm long, 5-lobed. Three "upper" lobes to 4.1mm long, 2mm broad, oblanceolate to lanceolate. Two "lower" lobes deflexed to reflexed, 3mm long. Stamens 5, adnate at base of corolla tube. Filaments white, pubescent at base. Anthers purplish-blue, connate around stigma. Stigma purple, bearded at base. Style 1, 5mm long, glabrous, greenish. Ovary ovoid-conic, slightly compressed, green, 2-locular. Placentation axile. Calyx tube +/-1mm long, 5-lobed. Lobes auricled at base, 3mm long, -1mm broad at base, linear-attenuate. Auricles various. Capsule to 8mm long, +/-4mm in diameter, glabrous to pubescent.

Lobelia spicata flower Flower close-up.

Lobelia spicata flower Side-view.

Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Prairies, glades, open woods, bluffs, wet meadows.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This is a highly variable species. The flowers can be bluish to white, the stems can be glabrous to hispid, and the calyx lobes can have variable auricles at their bases. The anthers of the plant can also be variable in color sometimes. Steyermark breaks the species apart into 4 different varieties but these varieties integrade and can be difficult to distinguish so I won't mention them here.
Remember, the flowers are inverted (resupinate) on this plant so what looks like the top of the flower is actually the bottom and vice-versa.

Photographs taken at the Peck Ranch Wildlife Refuge, Carter County, MO., 7-12-03.


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Lobelia spicata Lam.
palespike lobelia

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General Information
Symbol: LOSP
Group: Dicot
Family: Campanulaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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©Thomas G. Barnes. Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky . University Press of Kentucky. Usage Requirements .

©Elaine Haug. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany . United States, VA, Woodbridge, Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge. Usage Requirements .

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 302. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .

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Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Campanulales
Family Campanulaceae – Bellflower family
Genus Lobelia L. – lobelia
Species Lobelia spicata Lam. – palespike lobelia

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 5 subspecies of Lobelia spicata . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
Lobelia spicata</i>
Lam. var. <i>
campanulata</i>
McVaugh
Lobelia spicata var. campanulata
palespike lobelia Distribution of <i>
Lobelia spicata</i>
Lam. var. <i>
hirtella</i>
A. Gray
Lobelia spicata var. hirtella
palespike lobelia Distribution of <i>
Lobelia spicata</i>
Lam. var. <i>
leptostachys</i>
(A. DC.) Mack. & Bush
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
palespike lobelia Distribution of <i>
Lobelia spicata</i>
Lam. var. <i>
scaposa</i>
McVaugh
Lobelia spicata var. scaposa
palespike lobelia Distribution of <i>
Lobelia spicata</i>
Lam. var. <i>
spicata </i>
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
palespike lobelia

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Lobelia spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
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Lobelia spicata
Lobelia spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
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Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
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Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
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© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
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© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
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© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2888 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2889 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2890 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2891 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2892 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2893 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2894 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2895 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2896 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2897 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2898 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2899 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2900 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2901 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2902 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2903 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2904 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2905 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

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Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
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© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2885 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2886 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2887 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2888 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2889 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2890 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2891 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Lobelia spicata var. leptostachys
Palespike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2892 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

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Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2893 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2894 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2895 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2896 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2897 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2898 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2899 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2900 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2901 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2902 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2903 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2904 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2905 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2906 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2907 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2908 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2909 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2910 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Pale-spike Lobelia
ID: 0000 1111 1234 2911 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

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