Campanula robinsiae Small

John K. Small
An endemic bellflower—Campanula floridana—has been known
from Florida for many years, although it was not formally named
and published until 1878. The earliest specimens were collected
during the Seminole Wars by Dr. Leavenworth an army surgeon
who records that they were “Found in a savannah not far from
the scene of Dade’s Massacre.” This is a delicate plant with
bright-blue starry flowers. Less than two years ago a second
endemic species was discovered in the same part of Florida. It
grows on the northern slopes of Chinsegut Hill about five miles
north of Brooksville. This hill is said to be the highest point
in Florida—reported as 366 feet altitude—and a historic spot,
having been close to De Soto’s trail in his northward march
through the Florida peninsula. This bellflower may be known as:
Campanula Robinsiae Small, sp. nov. Annual with a slender
tap-root and delicate roots: stem 1-15 cm. tall, very slender,
simple or branched at the base and above, angled: leaves alter-
nate; blades various, those on the lower part of the plant ovate
to elliptic-ovate, 6-12 mm. long, those on the upper parts of the
stem elliptic to lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, all with few
remote gland-like teeth, or those of the upper ones entire: flowers
on slender ascending or spreading axillary and terminal pedicels
2-6 mm. long: hypanthium hemispheric at anthesis, subglobose
in fruit, glabrous: sepals lanceolate or subulate-lanceolate, about
1.5 mm. long, acute, glabrous: corolla rotate-campanulate, pale-
blue, 7-8 mm. wide: lobes elliptic-ovate or elliptic-lanceolate,
longer than the tube, obtuse or acutish, faintly veined: stamens
shorter than the corolla; filaments subulate-filiform; anthers
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Collected by
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Herbarium of The New York Botanical Garden