Gladiolus crassifolius (slender form)

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Gladiolus crassifolius (slender form)

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Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Gladiolus crassifolius (slender form)

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Gladiolus gazensis Rendle
Gladiolus masukuensis Baker
Gladiolus unguiculatus sensu auct.
Common names:
Frequency: Fairly common in eastern Zimbabwe.
Status: Native
Notes: This very distinct form of Gladiolus crassifolius was formerly described as G. gazenzis Rendle. Although no longer taxonomically recognized, this form can be easily distinguished by the much more slender appearance with fewer, smaller flowers. It flowers before the rains, from August to November, often afer the grass is burnt and before the leaves have developed.
Derivation of specific name: crassifolius: thick-leaved
Habitat: A grassland species, flowering early, especially after veld fires.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: This form appears to be restricted Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 1 April 2006

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 92 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 68 - 70. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 94 - 98. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 19, plate 37 as Gladiolus gazensis

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 356 - 357. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gladiolus crassifolius (slender form)., retrieved 28 October 2016

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