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Image of Lobelia tupa (Tabaco del diablo / Tupa / Trupa). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lobelia tupa

IX Region, Villarica & Lago Budi, Chile
Altitude: 1500 m. 02 19, 2006

 

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Species:  Lobelia tupa L.
Family:  Campanulaceae Identification OK   
Order:  Campanulales
Chilean Name:  Tabaco del diablo , Tupa , Trupa
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0106
About 7 Lobelia in Chile and 6 in our data base.
About 19 Campanulaceae in Chile and 8 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   POISONOUS Plant   
1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).     Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.     Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
Low altitude, interior valleys
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Red, without information on the number of petals      Shrub     

    Frequent

Height: 2 m.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

This is an excellent option if you have enough space, since it quickly grows to about 2 meters. It features very large, felted grey-green leaves and strange-looking beautiful red flowers which bloom for a long time.

Image of Lobelia tupa (Tabaco del diablo / Tupa / Trupa). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lobelia tupa

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 400-850 m. 01 15, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Red, without information on the number of petals

Height: 2 m.

 

Image of Lobelia tupa (Tabaco del diablo / Tupa / Trupa). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lobelia tupa

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 400-850 m. 01 15, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

Light conditions:

Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.

 

Image of Lobelia tupa (Tabaco del diablo / Tupa / Trupa). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lobelia tupa

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 400-850 m. 01 15, 2006

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal
POISONOUS Plant

 


 



 

It has a narcotic alkaloid lobeline. It was used by the Mapuche Indians as a ritual plant, the leaves of which were smoked. It has two medicinal effects, narcotic and analgesic (especially for toothache), but the whole plant is poisonous, so one must be very careful with it.

Image of Lobelia tupa (Tabaco del diablo / Tupa / Trupa). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Lobelia tupa

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 400-850 m. 01 15, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 9. The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).

 

Very easy to cultivate

 

 


 

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Recommended germination temperature: +18°C + 22°C

 

The seeds should be planted in spring, it prefers soil with good drainage, but is rather undemanding and will grow almost in any type of soil, including heavy clay soils. Sow the seeds superficially, and for best results apply some heat or cover up with a plastic.

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More photos (8) of Lobelia tupa L. available here

More species from the same Campanulaceae family in our data base:

Cyphocarpus rigescens

Lobelia bridgesii (Tupa / Tupa rosada)

Lobelia excelsa (Tabaco del diablo / Tupa / Trupa)

Lobelia oligophylla

Lobelia polyphylla (Tabaco del diablo / Tupa)

Lobelia sp. #1806

Lobelia tupa (Tabaco del diablo / Tupa / Trupa)

Wahlenbergia linarioides (Uña-perquen)

 

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