Lobelia bequaertii

Lobelia bequaertii


One packet contains 25 seeds.

Inhabiting quiet bogs in the lichen-draped heather forests of the Rwenzori Mountains, Lobelia bequaertii is well-adapted to its remote environment. This species is morphologically similar to L. deckenii, which is found over 800 km (500 mi) away in the moorlands of Mount Kenya, though L. bequaertii populates a lower altitude of 3000 to 3500 m (9800 to 11500 ft). Their bowl-shaped bracts—specialized leaves—can hold reservoirs of water that insulate the center of the plant through cold nights. As with other Giant Lobelias, it is monocarpic, meaning it flowers only once in its life after growing slowly for decades, reaching heights between 1 and 5 m (3 and 16 ft).

Minimum tested germination rate is 44%

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