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Offline JohananV

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Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« on: July 18, 2013, 15:01:18 PM »
Hello Again,

I found this beautiful flower, on some disturbed ground earmarked for development. It reminded me of Nemesia, so I brought it home.

Sorry about the Photo quality, but is it a species of Nemesia? If not, can someone please tell me what it is?

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Joh

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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2013, 20:50:19 PM »
Is this, possibly, Lobelia tomentosa?

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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 09:08:23 AM »
I think you might me right! But I am no expert :(

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 09:08:23 AM »
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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013, 14:20:05 PM »
I haven't seen it before - but it certainly looks like a lobelia flower.
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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 18:57:18 PM »
Thank you for the help. I'm just going to call it a Lobelia for now ;)

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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2013, 19:19:01 PM »
Joh - where did you find it?  Western cape?
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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2013, 17:53:20 PM »
I found it in KZN, Richards Bay to be exact. But, apparently, Lobelia tomentosa takes well to disturbed areas... I realize that it's far outside the species natural distribution, though.

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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2013, 09:20:42 AM »
Thanks for that info  :)
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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2013, 12:46:06 PM »
Hi Joh and Rena,

I checked my Field Guide to Wild flowers of South Africa by John Manning (2009). He mentions only two species with lance-shaped to oval leaves that can be found naturally in coastal KZN, namely Lobelia erinus and L. flaccida. There are two more species that are endemic to the eastern parts of South Africa, but both of these have triangular to heart-shaped leaves. The other South African species are all endemic to the Western Cape.

An interesting fact is that there are about 300 Lobelia species world wide and about 70 species in South Africa!

Hope this help with the identification! 

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Re: Please Id, Nemesia sp?
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2013, 20:38:58 PM »
Hi Aletta,

Thank you very much for the information. However, I excluded those two species because of their flower shapes and colours. Perhaps it is a naturalized species? Or, one of those other 70 species?