Gladiolus decoratus Baker

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Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Gladiolus decoratus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

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Status: Native
Description:
Plant to 80 cm, with membranous corms, becoming fibrous and matted with age. Leaves both basal and cauline. Spike with 5-9 flowers. Upper tepal large, arched, 4.5 - 5.5 cm. Flowers bright red, the lower tepals each with a white to yellow streak; the markings spathulate on the lower lateral tepals. Filaments well exserted; anthers apiculate.
Notes: This species is included in the Zimbabwe flora on the basis of its inclusion in Mapaura and Timberlake (2004). In FZ 12(4), however, it is only recorded from Malawi and Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: decoratus: handsome, elegant, decorative
Habitat: In sandy soil, woodland and forest; also on rocky slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Content last updated: Saturday 7 April 2007
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 212 - 213. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae FZ 12(4) Page 100.

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 268 - 272. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gladiolus decoratus
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gladiolus decoratus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115920, retrieved 25 October 2014

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