Scientific Name:
Lobelia anceps L.f., Suppl. Pl. 395 (1782)
Vernacular Name(s):
New Zealand lobelia; Punakuru; Pūrao; Shore lobelia; waewaekoukou

Herb to c. 40 cm long, usually much less, with vegetative parts glabrous; sap clear. Stems erect to widespreading or prostrate, not usually rooting at nodes; branchlets narrowly winged, grooved. Lvs very variable; petioles flat, to c. 10 mm long. Lamina submembranous to ± succulent, entire or variously toothed; lamina of lower lvs (10)–15–40–(50) × (5)–8–20 mm, broad-ovate to oblong-ovate, sometimes purplish, decurrent at base. Lvs becoming narrower and petioles shorter above; uppermost lvs sessile, narrow, linear to lanceolate or spathulate, 10–60 × 1–5 mm (sometimes lf shape varies little from base to shoot apex). Peduncles 2–5–(7) mm long, usually puberulent. Calyx lobes 0.9–1.5 mm long, linear to triangular, acute or acuminate. Corolla 6–10 mm long, white, pale blue (often deeper blue on lower lip), less commonly pale pink; lobes of lower lip 5–8 mm long, linear to oblong. Capsule 6–12 mm long, narrow-clavate to almost cylindric.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)

Flowering: Sep.–May.

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Linnaeus, C. von, filius 1782 ("1781"): Supplementum Plantarum Systematis Vegetabilium. Orphanotrophe, Brunswig.