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Description: Perennial herb, 20-35 cm tall, growing from corms. Leaves 2-3 basal, terete, 1-2 mm wide, developing long before the flowers appear and usually dry and broken at flowering time; 2 more leaves along the stem, short and completely sheathing. Inflorescence 3-6-flowered. Flowers pale pink to purplish with the lower tepals yellow in the basal part and darker pink at the apex.
Notes: Note: the unusual flowering time during the winter months, the dimorphic leaves and the small size of plant and flowers distinguishes this species from others. See
Gladiolus zimbabweensis for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
juncifolius : leaves like a Juncus, referring to the terete leaves.
Habitat: Occurring in rocky areas of montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time: Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Tuesday 29 June 2010
Iridaceae Goldblatt, P. (1993). Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 73 - 74. (Includes a picture).
Goldblatt, P. (1996). Gladiolus in Tropical Africa Timber Press. Portland, Oregon. Pages 102 - 104. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Other sources of information about Gladiolus juncifolius: Our websites: Flora of Mozambique
Gladiolus juncifolius External websites: African Plant Database
Gladiolus juncifolius Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Gladiolus juncifolius EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Gladiolus juncifolius ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Gladiolus juncifolius Flora Zambesiaca
Gladiolus juncifolius Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Gladiolus juncifolius IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Gladiolus juncifolius Ispot Southern Africa
Gladiolus juncifolius JSTOR Plant Science
Gladiolus juncifolius Kew Herbarium catalogue
Gladiolus juncifolius Kew Monocotyledon checklist
Gladiolus juncifolius Tropicos
Gladiolus juncifolius West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gladiolus juncifolius.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115940, retrieved 27 October 2016
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