The False Orchid – Lobelia gibbosa

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Lobelia gibbosa aka Tall Lobelia, False Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Charophyta (?)
Class: Equisetopsida (?)
Order: Asterales
Family: Campanulaceae
Mylor Conservation Park – January 4th, 2014 – on the sides of a path in a hilly woodland setting

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

When I saw this species, I was mystified – I was sure I had found a species of Orchid – Lobelias bear a resemblance to them, and apparently I am not the only one to be fooled – The flowers emerge in Summer at a time when the leaves have usually shrivelled


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