Seeds of South Australia
Lobelia anceps (Campanulaceae)
Angled Lobelia
List of species for Lobelia
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Seed collecting:
December to May
Herbarium regions:
Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Least Concern   [restricted habitat]
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Least Concern
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Near Threatened   [locally common]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [suspicious loc., edge of range]
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Near Threatened   [tolerates some salinity ]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Least Concern   [tolerates some salinity ]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern   [tolerates some salinity ]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)   [high rainfall, limited habitat, needs water]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)   [high rainfall, limited habitat]
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [climate sensitive; in Wilpena; edge of range]
Eyre Hills (EYB03)Eyre Yorke Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)
Talia (EYB04) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Near Threatened   [needs fresh water]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Near Threatened   [fluctuates along boundary of lakes]
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [high rainfall dependant]
IBRA regions
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Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic PlainLeast Concern
  [restricted habitat]
4 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
4 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
, Vulnerable
2 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockVulnerable
3 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionNear Threatened
, Vulnerable
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Lobelia]
Name derivation:
Lobelia named after Mathias de Lobel (1538-1616), physician to William of Orange and then botanist to James I of England. Anceps from the Latin 'anceps' meaning two edged; referring to the two-lipped character of the flowers.
Distribution:
Found in the southern part of South Australia, from the Flinders Ranges to the lower South-east, growing in sheltered damp sites, in seepage areas on coastal cliffs, along watercourses, and margins of swamps. Also found in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Decumbent to ascending glabrous perennial herb, rooting at nodes, with upper stems usually narrowly winged, often maroon tinged. Leaves oblanceolate or obovate-spathulate to linear-elliptic, to 85 mm long and 20 mm wide, toothed or some entire, reducing toward inflorescence. Flowers bisexual, in terminal spike with light blue to violet (rarely almost white) flowers, 2 petals above and 3 below. Flowering between November and April.
Fruit type:
Brown cylindric to conical capsule, slightly compressed, to 15 mm long.
Seed type:
Orange to brown slightly compressed, elliptical seed to 0.4 mm long and 0.3 mm wide, surface smooth or very faintly striated.
Embryo type:
Linear under-developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are fat, turning a pale straw colour and contain brown seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one weeks. Then rub the capsules gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Be careful as the seeds are very small. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 100%.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA 
MSB
32500 (0.4812 g)
32500 (0.4812 g)
50+31-Jan-2006HPV2950
South Eastern
28-Jul-2006100%-18°C
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.