Pale Lobelia - Dwarf Lobelia - Bay Lobelia - Nuttall's Lobelia
Lobelia nuttallii J.A. Schultes
Campanulaceae (Bluebell) Family

 

Plant is a dwarf in every sense of the word; leaf, stem, flower and fruit. The slender stems produce a milky sap when crushed or broken.  Preferred habitat is wet pine savannas and flatwoods, bogs, ditches, swamps, banks of streams, ponds and floodplain forests.  Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are usually um-stalked; blades widest at the middle, oblong or egg-shaped, or may be linear.  The margins are smooth or may have scattered teeth.

Flowers are pale blue to white, about 5/8 inch long, growing directly on the stem. They are 2-lipped, tubular, and arranged loosely on a spike 6 - 15 inches long. The lower lip is 3-lobed and longer than the upper, which is 2-lobed and stands up like tufts of feathers above owl-like eyes.

Fruit is a capsule. The seeds are minute and irregular in shape, with a reticular surface.

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