Gladiolus dalenii Van Geel
subsp. dalenii

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Gladiolus dalenii subsp. dalenii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Nyamheni Rd turnoff

Gladiolus dalenii subsp. dalenii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Gladiolus dalenii subsp. dalenii

Photo: Neil Crouch
Bundi Plain, near Skeleton Pass, Chimanimani N.P.

Gladiolus dalenii subsp. dalenii

Photo: Neil Crouch
Bundi Plain, near Skeleton Pass, Chimanimani N.P.

Gladiolus dalenii subsp. dalenii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Gladiolus natalensis Reinw. ex Hook.f.
Gladiolus primulinus Baker
Gladiolus psittacinus Hook. f.
Gladiolus quartinianus A. Rich.
Common names: Hwenyanguruve (Shona) Indokwe (Ndebele) Parrot-beak gladiolus (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
A widespread and variable species, the flower colour varying from lemon yellow, orange or red, variously streaked or plain. Some varieties were formerly described as separate species but these are now considered synonyms of G. dalenii.
Notes: It seems the flowering time is connected to the start of the rains. This might explain why in Vumba it was flowering much earlier than in the Juliasdale - Nyanga area. There, it flowers all over the place in February, while in Vumba they were all gone by mid December. Two form of this species with bright yelllow and red flowers are written up separately.
Derivation of specific name: dalenii: named after Cornelius Dalen, Dutch botanist and director of the Rotterdam Botanic Garden.
Altitude range: (metres) 980 - 1910 m
Flowering time:Dec - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 June 2010

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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 dalenii subsp. dalenii., retrieved 21 October 2016

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